Celebrating Cheshire Day 2023

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arks in Cheshire.”“The Eastgate Clock is undoubtedly one of my favourite historical landmarks in Cheshire.”

Cheshire Day is an annual event celebrated on 30th March to promote and showcase the county of Cheshire in England. The day is all about celebrating the county’s unique culture, heritage, and attractions, and highlighting why Cheshire is a great place to live, work, study, and visit.

The idea behind Cheshire Day is to raise awareness and promote the county’s businesses, tourist destinations, and community events. The day provides an opportunity for local people and businesses to showcase their products and services, and for visitors to discover all the amazing things that Cheshire has to offer.

It’s an important event for promoting the county’s tourism, economy, and community spirit. It helps to raise the profile of Cheshire and attract visitors and investors from all over the world.

The Eastgate Clock, situated in Chester, England, is a well-known and highly recognisable landmark that has captivated the imagination of many over the years. Its construction in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee has transformed it into a symbol of the city’s rich cultural heritage and historical significance.

The clock has served as a source of inspiration for writers and storytellers of all ages, providing a captivating backdrop for tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. As a children’s author, I am no exception to this rule, having been inspired by its beauty on multiple occasions. It is said that before the clocks four faces were covered by glass, tourists would frequently steal its hands as souvenirs, and this story served as the inspiration for my book, The Little Big Clockmaker. In this story, the clock functions as a type of time machine, with the removal and replacement of its hands transporting the clockmaker through time.

The Eastgate Clock is also a key plot element in my mystery novel, Mary Draper Dreams of Castles in the Sky. Set in 1899, the book portrays the clock being unveiled by the Duke of Meadowsville. The character of Charles Beaumont, the guardian of the ‘The Quigley Tiara of Deva’ located in Agricola Tower at Chester Castle, typically winds the Eastgate Clock’s mechanism but disappears mysteriously. The Eastgate Clock is not the only iconic landmark featured in this book, with others including The Rows, the ancient Roman walls, The Wishing Steps, The Nine Houses, and much more, taking readers on an unforgettable journey through Chester.

As a writer, I never run out of story ideas as I rely on the rich history and iconic landmarks in my surroundings. The Eastgate Clock is undoubtedly one of my favourite historical landmarks in Cheshire and is a must-see for anyone who loves history and storytelling. This is why I encourage you to read my stories then go and visit the locations!


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