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Moving wartime scenes bound for North West stations

Emotional wartime scenes will be brought to life at 21 rail stations in the North West this September.

Over By Christmas will feature more than 300 people of all ages accompanied by musicians. It's a choral work to mark the departure of Cheshire soldiers for the Western Front.

It captures the optimism of soldiers leaving their loved ones, perhaps never to see them again.

A community choir of ‘soldiers’, ‘nurses’ and their families will recreate these poignant stories and children from more than 20 schools will be involved.

Over by Christmas is created by Theatre in the Quarter’s Writer-in-Residence Helen Newall, and the company’s founder and Artistic Director, Matt Baker.

The free event is part of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Project.

Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer said: "This is about remembering the sacrifice local people made and the journey that began at their local station. It’s reminds us of the importance of the stations, as communities played their part in this world-changing event."