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.
How to sign up for a lunch
- Visit the event website
- Telephone the museum on 01228 532774
- Email the museum on email@example.com
- Visit the reception desk of the museum
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!"
The Museum have been running the events for a year, and say there is always room for more veterans.
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.