RESPECTS were paid to Newton-le-Willows’ fallen soldiers at a Remembrance Sunday service.

The ceremony took place at the war memorial at Earlestown Town Hall on Market Street.

The proceedings saw 89-year-old Newton veteran Horace Roberts, who served with the Royal Engineers, laying a wreath, with the watching crowd erupting into spontaneous applause as he kissed it.

Those present at the ceremony included St Helens North MP Conor McGinn, former MP Lord Watts, deputy Lord Lieutenant Jane Dearden MBE and deputy mayor Cllr Pat Ireland, along with councillors.

The war memorial on Market Street was originally erected in remembrance of the men killed during the Boer War in South Africa between 1899 and 1902.

There are also plaques in memory of those from the area who fell during both the First World War and Second World War.