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Lunch club brings together generations of Cumbria's veterans

Veterans of all ages from across Cumbria have been coming together for a monthly lunch club.

The afternoons are hosted by the Cumbria Museum of Military Life in Carlisle, who say it's a great opportunity for former servicemen and women to talk about old times, make new friends, and share that "very special" armed services sense of humour.

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How to sign up for a lunch

  • Visit the event website
  • Telephone the museum on 01228 532774
  • Email the museum on
  • Visit the reception desk of the museum
The lunches are held at the Cumbria Museum of Military Life. Credit: ITV News

Ernie served in the RAF in the 1940s before joining the Royal Border Regiment.

His advice to any other veterans living in the county is "get yourself along!"

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The Museum have been running the events for a year, and say there is always room for more veterans.

I think there is a shared history - almost a shared language which they understand, and wherever they served, be it army, airforce or navy, there is that shared experience between them.

It doesn't matter if they don't know anybody, it's a lovely place, and everybody is welcome.

– Jules Wooding, Cumbria Museum of Military Life

Volunteers say the lunches are also a chance to touch base - and direct people who might need it to other sources of help and support.

For veterans who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq, their experiences may have been very different, perhaps quite raw.

It can be very helpful if they want to sit with other veterans and talk - or not talk, just sit and enjoy a lovely lunch

– Dianne Allardice, volunteer