A CAMPAIGN to secure recognition for a decisive civil war battle which took place in the area has been launched by a community group.

Members of One Local Voice have called on the public to back their efforts to commemorate the Battle of Winwick Pass between Cavalier and Roundhead forces.

It took place in Newton-le-Willows and Winwick in 1648 and was one of the final conflicts of the second English Civil War.

David Crowther, chairman of Our Local Voice, said: "We have looked at projects across the UK in locations where there have been similar significant historical events and we note where such schemes have been established it has helped promote a further sense of cultural cohesion and added to the 'points of interest' within those communities.

“Our Local Voice has been working on a workable proposal that will both act as memorial, recognise something of national historical significance and as an amenity both for both the present generation and for many generations to come.

“We look forward to meeting with the public at the carnival and we also have information and contact details below should anyone wish to get personally involved in moving this forward. "

The group is looking to get permission to install three notice boards and a granite monument with one of the notice boards integrated into the design.

A walking trail linking the notice boards and monument is also envisaged by the group.

Members of the community group will have a stall at Winwick Carnival, which takes place on Winwick Fields on July 18 from 12pm, to speak to the public about their plans.