HUNDREDS of people turned out to celebrate the lives of their families, friends and neighbours walking through the streets of Winsford.

The Winsford Memorial Mile was held to give residents the chance to come together and remember their loved ones.

More than 250 people met at the chapel of Fowles Funeral Services on Saturday and walked to Fountain Court at Winsford Cross Shopping Service for a memorial service led by various ministers and celebrants.

Dave Fowles, who runs Fowles Funeral Services on Delamere Street with his parents, said: "We were incredibly touched with the fantastic turn out of people on such a cold winter's day.

"We always said this was for the people to remember as one. One town, one family and we did that.

"My dad Geoff led the walk and my mum Carole waited up at the cake stall."

Bagpiper Bob Wilson and Geoff Fowles led the procession with two Shetland ponies, accompanied by stewards and PCSOs.

Crowds gathered in the town centre for a service accompanied by the Salvation Army.

Winsford singer Sam Lyon performed Songbird as people released bubbles to heaven in memory of their loved ones.

After the service a sale of donated cakes and jams raised more than £900 for St Luke's Hospice.

Ernie Welch then invited everyone to The Golden Lion to warm up with a free hot pot and drink.

Dave added: "Ernie provided it all free and left a bucket for anyone to make donations to St Luke's. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this year's walk in any capacity, without you it wouldn't have been the success it was. See you in 2020!"

Around 80 people attended the first memorial mile in October 2017 when it snowed.