A NATIONAL day to celebrate the work and service of the Armed Forces will take place in Workington this weekend, as the town marks its 15th year of celebrating the important event.

Armed Forces Day will return to Workington on June 29 with the parade leaving Pow Street from 11am, travelling through Finkle Street and down to Vulcans Lane into the park, with roads closed in the town to allow the parade through.

There is then a service for people to attend before celebrations in The Workington Royal British Legion throughout the afternoon.

Speaking previously about the event, organiser Lesley Jackson said: “It’s fifteen years since we started and hopefully it is getting bigger and better as the years go by.

“But we would like to try and reach out to veterans. Our older veterans are unfortunately getting much older now, but what we would really like is for younger people who have been in the forces who have maybe left to take part in it as well. It is for them as well as the serving personnel, as well as the cadets and the older veterans."

Armed Forces Day relies on fundraising events, predominantly in Workington, to raise the money needed to carry out the event.

Thanks have been given to the main sponsor the Decommissioning Agency as well as the many other organisations and people who contribute to the event.