A HEART-rending rallying call has sounded for residents to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day in the city centre.

The Carlisle and Stanwix Branch of the Royal British Legion, with support from the county council, has announced three days of events to commemorate the momentous occasion -between Friday, May 8, and Sunday, May 10.

They include a military parade, on Friday with veterans from the Royal British Legion and organisation like the Scouts, a 1940s musical afternoon on Saturday in the city centre, from 1pm to 4pm, and service of remembrance on Saturday and Sunday.

A cathedral service will be held on Sunday, May 10, together with another parade.

There will also be a cathedral service on Sunday, May 10, and another parade.

Tony Parrini, secretary the branch, said: “There are very few World War Two veterans left and this is probably going to be the last major anniversary they are going to participate in.

“There are those that lost their comrades and it is important that we all remember the sacrifice they made - nearly everyone in Carlisle and the country has a father, grandfather, uncle or whoever took part in World War Two.

For information email Major (retired) Paul Chandler at apchandler@hotmail.co.uk or ring 07860 961548.