There was sadness after the city council confirmed there will be “no formal ceremony” for Remembrance Day because of Covid-19.

The decision was announced on Friday.

It follows the cancellation of a number of events in August to mark Victory in Japan (VJ) Day, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

A Carlisle City Council spokeswoman said: “After much discussion, it has been decided due to coronavirus restrictions that the Remembrance Sunday wreath laying ceremony in Carlisle city centre will not be able to take place in its usual capacity.

“No formal ceremony will be held but the dignitaries wreaths will be laid.

“A bugler will play at 11am at the top of the Old Town Hall steps and a two-minute silence will take place.

“We advise anyone in the area to follow social distancing guidelines.

“These arrangements are dependent on the coronavirus restrictions at the time and may change.”

Tony Parrini, branch secretary of the Carlisle and Stanwix Branch of the Royal British Legion, said many events and services across the country were unlikely to go ahead – with even the ceremony in Whitehall, London, hugely affected.

Tony also said the situation was affecting this year's Poppy Appeal.

He added: “With the current restrictions Carlisle City Council has said no.

“We are all upset about it but then just grasp our hands and say they aren’t going to happen.”

A spokesman for the Royal British Legion said that a letter had been sent to councils across the country

He added: “Since Covid-19 measures first came into effect, we have instructed Royal British Legion branches that all activity undertaken by our members must be conducted in accordance with national restrictions.

“We are encouraging our branches and members to continue supporting local remembrance services and parades that follow government guidelines and only where social distancing measures can be fully adhered to.”

In August the legion was unable to parade to mark VJ Day because of the virus – three battalions of the local Border Regiment fought in the conflict.