Kendal is set to play a key role to coincide with the national commemoration of D-Day.

The 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings will take place on June 6, though events across the country - and Cumbria - are scheduled to start this month.

The Cumbria Freemasons are spearheading efforts in the county, describing how pleased they are to be taking on the responsibility.

A spokesperson from the group said: "We are honoured to be orchestrating an event of national significance, in concert with the esteemed Royal Pageant Master of Buckingham Palace.

"Our commemorative activities commence with Richard Cowie, one of our esteemed members, playing the bagpipes over a series of 10 days to honour the memory of Bill Millin, commencing on the May 28 and finishing on D-Day. 

"This tribute is coinciding with a nationwide remembrance beginning 80 days in advance, and we are privileged to present the final 10 days, in conjunction with the final national 10 days in the Isle of Man - [it's] a truly remarkable opportunity to honour this."

Beginning at exactly 8:00am each morning, Mr Cowie will perform the song 'Highland Laddie' at locations around Kendal during the final 7-day vigil. 

This will be mirrored in Carlisle, Windermere, Ambleside, and Penrith to go alongside performances at Kendal Castle and the Kendal War Memorial.

Bill Millin was an instrumental figure during the D-Day landings, contravening the British military’s prohibition on pipers at the front to provide a morale-boosting serenade for the Allied troops.

On June 6 itself, the Freemasons are hosting an anniversary event at Kendal Rugby Club.

This will feature a commemorative parade, alongside military vehicles, the Burneside Brass band and a period singer. 

At 9:15 pm, a beacon will join others nationwide in illumination, complemented by a hog roast and a grand raffle .

With all proceeds benefitting Armed Forces charities, the Freemasons are expecting a 'robust' turnout.

"We are dedicated to service, whether through event participation, charitable fundraising, or volunteering within public and community organisations.

"This event is a prime example of our commitment to service, as we pay homage to a remarkable chapter in history."

Tickets are available at £15 for adults and £8 for children under 13, or £5 for those taking part on the day.