A TRIBUTE was held to St Helens' Armed Forces community at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Members of the public, community groups and families gathered in the glorious sunshine for St Helens Armed Forces Day.

On the day there was a parade made up of veterans, serving members of the armed forces and cadets - before a packed programme of entertainment, featuring a 69-field gun Second World War artillery display and drumming routines from the North West Corps of Drums and The Royal Marine Association Corps of Drums.

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Other attractions on the day included vintage military vehicles; WWII field hospital display; children’s funfair; classic cars - as well as the brilliant Anna The Golden Age Songbird who sang number of famous wartime hits from the park's bandstand.

In St Helens, 6,036 household have at least one person who has served in the UK armed forces, working out at 7.5 per cent of all households, more than the England and Wales average.

Have a look through our gallery of the event here.

Pictures courtesy of Bernard Platt