Music premiere for former soldier
THE centenary celebrations included the premiere of a piece of music composed by masters student and former soldier Adam Shilton.
The 30-year-old, from Crewe, pictured right, wrote Through The Pink Mist, which was performed at MMU by the Co-op Funeralcare Brass Band.
He was inspired to create it after coming across the memoir of a US marine, Eugene B Sledge, who fought in the Second World War.
Adam, who served in Iraq with the Cheshire Regiment in 2006, said: "Eugene's book was able to put into words what I had never been able to express about my experience.
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"I thought it would be an excellent composition tool to allow some of his phrases to provide the melody."
The concert was part of a packed week of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of MMU's Crewe campus.
Associate lecturer Paul Rogers also unveiled his sound installation, The Media Machine, which used junk and broken instruments combined with modern technology.
At Axis Arts Centre there was an exhibition of banners produced by community groups.
And a local group for men over the age of 55, called Men In Sheds, built a wooden frame outline of a graduate in a cap and gown.
Other centenary events included performances by schoolchildren, dance and sports activities and the burying of a time capsule.
The public also got to travel back in time by watching pieces from the North West Film Archive.
Among the clips was rare footage of the building of Jodrell Bank's famous radio telescope in 1956 and a film of the Coronation locomotive built in 1911 by the Crewe-based London and North Western Railway Company.
Children from Elworth CE Primary, near Sandbach, also appeared in a film from 1942 called School Life In Wartime.