A COMMUNITY group will assemble a display for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Egremont.

The Friends of Egremont Castle will create a flower display on the castle grounds to mark the occasion.

They are a small group who are 'dedicated and intent' on improving the castle grounds alongside lord and lady Egremont and Egremont Town Council 'back into its former glory' with flower displays, and future events they are holding in the grounds for the people of Egremont.

The group is planting a flower bed dedicated to those who lost their lives and will be holding a small ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at 10am.

Yvonne Farrer, the group's secretary, said: "There used to be a group years ago called Friends of Egremont Castle and it stopped for some reason, so we reformed it about three years ago.

"We intend to create more awareness about the castle and help to bring the display beds back up to good use.

"Last year we did a display bed of the King's Coronation, then the year before we did the Jubilee for the Queen.

Whitehaven News: A memorial plaque A memorial plaque (Image: Friends of Egremont Castle)

"This year we've done it again and it solely belongs to us. We've adopted the bed, and we plant it out every year, and we decided to theme it around D-Day this year.

"It's newly planted and will likely take six to eight weeks to come into the full display we want.

"We wanted to do it because of the events across the country this year for the 80th anniversary.

"We decided that we wanted to look at doing some sort of display with bedding plants. The outer beds are a big, long, stretch of bed that we own.

"Lady Egremont has kindly donated some plants from her nursery down in Sussex. She paid for the outer beds to be planted and they're going to be seasonal so the plants that we've put in there are going to come every year.

"The middle bed is the one that we want to keep so we can plant it out annually in celebration of something.

"John Edwards of the British Legion is going to come along on the dedication day and lay a wreath, a flag will be flown, and the last post will be sounded."