Carlisle Comic Con has expressed its sorrow after one of its planned guests for next month's event passed away. 

Michael Jayston, who was best known for his roles in Doctor Who and Only Fools and Horses, was recently announced as a special guest for the Comic Con event at Richard Rose Central Academy.

However, after a short illness, the 88-year-old sadly passed away earlier this month.

Carlisle Comic Con organiser Neil Livesey said: "The Carlisle Comic Con Organising team were stunned and saddened as the many many Doctor Who fans at the passing of Michael Jayston.

"He was one of the most requested guests we've ever had so it was particularly sad that we had, at long last, agreed a deal with his agent for him to attend. His work in TV and film will be remembered by his fans. Our condolences go to his family and friends."

The actor was one of several special guests that were scheduled to visit the border city on March 23, with Chris Barrie of Red Dwarf, and Chris Rankin of Harry Potter two other notable names on the list.

News and Star: Carlisle Comic-Con and guest Chris Barrie, right

The 2023 event was very well attended by people across Cumbria, in what was its second year following the Covid pandemic and sixth year overall. 

Back in 2023, Neil told the News & Star: "Carlisle, over the years, has grown and grown, and it’s now our flagship show. It deserves bigger and better guests now."

In recent weeks, Carlisle Comic Con has confirmed that Canadian actor Angus Macinnes will be at next month's event.

He has a huge number of roles but is perhaps best known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Hellboy (2004).

Renowned comic artist, Cam Kennedy, will also be showing off some of his original art and prints at the event, and will be happy to sign anything. He is best known for his work on 2000 AD, especially the flagship titles Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper.

Carlisle Comic Con takes place on March 23 from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with tickets on sale now for £15.