The organisers of Workington's Armed Forces Day are set to party at Buckingham Palace ahead of the event's 10th anniversary.

Lesley Jackson, 56, of Westfield, and Pat Lavin, 61, who lives in the town centre, have been invited to a garden party in the grounds of the palace tomorrow as thanks for their efforts to organise the annual parade.

The Prince of Wales is due to represent the royal family at the event.

Lesley said: "Pat and I are so humbled and really looking forward to it.

"We do this but we don't look for rewards.

"Who would have thought I would be going to the palace?

"It's something you think about as a little girl and it will be special.

"It's a real privilege and honour to do and we hope to do the people we represent proud."

Lesley and Pat travelled down to London by train today ahead of the party tomorrow and also hope to fit in some sightseeing in the capital before returning to West Cumbria on Thursday.

"It's 10 years we've been doing it and it really doesn't feel like it," Lesley added.

"We thought we were going to do it for one year but the friends we have made over the years and the comments from people who go have made us keep going."

This year Armed Forces Day will be held on June 29.