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Search is on for Cumbria's Second World War veterans

Veterans at the Cenotaph to mark 65th anniversary of VJ Day in 2010 Credit: Press Association

The Royal British Legion is calling on Cumbria's Second World War veterans to come forward and take part in a service commemorating the seventieth anniversary of VJ Day.

In Cumbria the commemorations will take the form of a Service of Thanksgiving, Reflection and Remembrance at Carlisle Cathedral on 15 August.

With the focus of the service being on honouring the dwindling numbers of surviving veterans, the Legion hopes as many as possible can attend.

“While we are aware of the veterans who are members of the Royal British Legion, we are equally conscious that there are WW2 veterans living in the county, at home, in care and residential homes who should have the opportunity to be present if they wish.

"We therefore seek the public’s help in locating those veterans, so that we can send them an invitation."

– Eddy Dixon, Cumbria Chairman of the Royal British Legion

Anyone aware of veterans who might want to be invited is asked to provide their name and contact details to the Royal British Legion by calling 01539 734499 or emailing