CELEBRATIONS will be taking place around the country to mark VE Day.

May 8 has been declared a public holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

We want to hear how you plan to celebrate this momentous day.

We would also love to hear from any readers who remember where they were on VE Day and how it was marked. Perhaps people can remember parents or grandparents sharing stories about the special day.

Ian Fisher, vice chair of Cumberland and Westmorland British Legion, is in no doubt about the importance of marking VE Day.

"As war veterans pass on they take their stories and tales to the grave," he said.

"It's so important that we all remember these people and what happened. I always say to families that, if they can, they should write a history of their dad or grandad.

"It's not about glorifying them but simply remembering what they did and all those people who suffered and died."

Mr Fisher is hoping towns and councils will mark the day with special events.

"Things tend to be centralised in London, it's important that there are events throughout the country. I'm sure there are funds people can apply for," he said.

"I think it's important that the younger generation are involved because they are the ones going to be leading the councils and country in the future."

Cockermouth Town Council will be marking the big day with a huge picnic in the town.

People are invited to bring a picnic to Memorial Gardens where there will be live entertainment and fairground rides. It will take place on Friday, May 8, from 2pm to 4pm.

If you would like to share information about events or memories of VE Day celebrations please sned them to joseph.anderson@newsquest.co.uk.