Talking West Cheshire

Ellesmere Port students wow the Chester Winter Watch audience

13 December 2010

Students from the University Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port joined Chester’s Winter Watch Parade last week (Thursday, 9 December).

The colourful and noisy Winter Watch Parades were performed on the first two Thursdays in December. Led by Chester’s Karamba Samba and the Lord of Misrule the parade featured Dragons, Devils, Angels, Unicorn and Stag. The Ellesmere Port Performing Arts Diploma students took centre stage at Chester’s Cross for a dance routine. The Cooks group performed a Sweeney Todd inspired dance routine in Eastgate Street.

The Winter Watch is loosely based on ‘Setting the Watch’ a tradition from the 1400’s that saw the city leaders handing over the keys of the City to the City Watch (the early police force) after processing around the City to ensure it was secure. There followed a banquet and celebration of Christmas, knowing the City was safe.

The final Christmas parade sees Chester’s Roman army marching through the city bearing torches for their Saturnalia Parade (Thursday, 16 December).

Said Councillor Richard Short, Portfolio holder for Culture and Recreation: “Christmas in Chester is always something special but this year with the Big Wheel, Ice Rink, grotto and Victorian Village plus the host of festive parades there’s a real sense of magic for children and adults alike.”

For details about the Magical Christmas in Chester visit the Chester Magic website.

University Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port Drama students

Photo: University of Chester Church of England Academy Ellesmere Port Drama students.