EX-SERVICEMEN turned out in force when memorials in honour of Halton's greatest war heroes were unveiled.
Members of a range of ex-service organisations, including British Legion branches and the Burma Star veterans' organisation, gathered at the Victoria Cross memorials at Victoria Park, Widnes, and later the Halton British Legion, Runcorn.
Red marble stones are inscribed with the names of Thomas Mottershead, Thomas Wilkinson and Thomas Alfred (Todger) Jones, who earned Britain's highest military honour after going above and beyond the call of duty.
The memorial stones on both sides of the river stand at the edge of circular gardens with a gravel area where wreaths can be laid.
Each stone is also engraved with images of three VC medals and at the bottom the message: 'We will remember them.'
The VC citation for each of the war heroes was read out by Halton's Mayor, Cllr John Swain, MP Derek Twigg and Widnes historian Bob Martindale, whose re-search not only shed light on the exploits of the VC holders, but also resulted in their surviving relatives being invited to the ceremonies, including the niece and great niece of Todger Jones.
Mr Martindale said: 'It was a marvellous day and a moving occasion, although it was a celebration mostly and the atmosphere was not too heavy.
'It also marked the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross and Halton was one of the few places which marked the event.
'The stones in each case are examples of fantastic craftsman-ship.'