A 95-year-old Second World War veteran was at Tyldesley Cemetery this morning, Thursday, to pay tribute to his fellow servicemen that died on D-Day 75 years ago.

Kenneth Preter, who served with the Royal Marines, laid an anniversary wreath at the cemetery's war memorial during a service organised by Tyldesley's Royal British Legion (RBL) branch.

Kenneth did not take part in the Normandy beaches invasion on June 6, 1944 as he was held back in reserve.

He was in training alongside troops in preparation for a possible invasion of Japan.

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Kenneth Preter holding the anniversary wreath with RBL member Keith Stott

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Kenneth with Reverend Cox from St George's Church, Tyldesley

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Tyldesley RBL member Kath Stott wearing the medals of her late dad, Arthur White

The event was well attended by residents and veterans.

RBL member Kath Stott wore the medals of her late dad, Arthur White, who went ashore on D-Day with the Royal Marines.

Reverend Cox of St George’s Church, Tyldesley led the service and made reference to a speech made by the Queen yesterday, Wednesday.

The veterans also expressed their appreciation to the staff at Compassion in Action for inviting them for lunch.

A 75th anniversary D-Day cake was enjoyed by all those who attended.

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The D-Day anniversary cake

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The card produced by the Community In Action Community Cadets

The Community In Action Community Cadets also produced a card for the veterans with the poignant words read out by the charity's CEO Pam Gilligan.