THE Radcliffe community is expected to turn out in force to pay their respects to those who gave their lives for their country.

Radcliffe Cricket Club is hosting a remembrance event on Saturday, supported by Radcliffe Air Cadets.

The club's scorebox has been transformed into a memorial to five members who fell during the Second World War.

Cath Booth, one of the organisers, has managed to trace the relatives of two of the soldiers, Eric Hesketh and James Quayle, who will be attending.

Pupils from St Mary's R C Primary School have entered a poetry competition, with the six winning entries due to be read aloud at the gathering.

Cllr Catherine Preston is scheduled to attend, and will be reading a poem to remember the fallen.

A school choir will also perform during the commemorations. The Radcliffe Cadets will be parading the standard.

A trumpeter will sound out the Last Post prior to a two-minute silence.

Dozens of local businesses have contributed prizes for a raffle which will be held.

Cath said: "In June, I saw the 'there but not there' campaign launched and decided it would be nice to organise a remembrance event for the five fallen club members who fought during the Second World War.

"I began trying to raise money to buy silhouette figures to represent the five people. During that bid, I was successful in obtaining a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to cover the cost of the figurines.

"This means that every penny raised on the day will go to Help for Heroes.

"Local businesses have been fantastic in providing prizes which I am very grateful for.

"Absolutely everyone is welcome to attend."

Visitors are invited to attend the remembrance event, starting at 10.30am. Refreshments will be available following the event.