Councillor Minshall, Mayor of Crewe, joined by over 80 children from throughout Crewe to mark Commonwealth Day with a symbolic act of remembrance at Crewe Library.
Members of Crewe U3A joined local children to find out about the involvement of Commonwealth countries in World War One and the Library was filled with song when St Mary's Peace Choir shared their specially written centenary compositions.
The Mayor presented ceremonial candles to everyone which were then symbolically extinguished to represent the feeling of darkness that spread across Europe 100 years ago and reflect the famous statement from Edward Grey, the then Foreign Secretary 'The lights are going out over Europe'.
The Ceremony formed part of the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) initiative for a Single Commemorative Act marking the centenary of World War One on Commonwealth Day.
The Mayor was joined by pupils from Adelaide, Hungerford, Leighton, Monks Coppenhall, St Mary's, Springfields, St Thomas More and Underwood West Schools.