ARMED Forces Day Parade returned to Newton-le-Willows high street on Saturday for the first time since the pandemic. 

The parade started at The Oak Tree and made its way to Willow Park, with Valley Brass Band leading the march through the high street.

Local Cadets and Veterans Association attended the parade to celebrate those who served for the British Armed Forces. 

Lt (SCC) John Unsworth RNR, Commanding Officer, Sea Cadets Newton-le-Willows, said: "The day went very well. We had 40 Cadets and 10 Uniformed Adult Volunteers on Parade. As a unit we always strive to support our community at events.

"It was great to be back supporting our local Veterans and our Armed Forces for Armed Forces Day. We hope this can now begin to grow again as an event for the community to be more involved in, and hopefully make a day of celebrating our community and of course our Armed Forces of which the Cadet Forces are part of that wider family."

"This parade wouldn't go ahead if it wasn't for Newton and Earlestown Community Group, Newton Veterans Association, Valley Brass Band and Newton Rugby Club; all who play pivotal rolls in organising and running the day."

Cllr Seve Gomez-Aspron MBE, president of Newton Veterans Association and Vice Chair of NECG, also thanked the local organisations for their support to host the parade.