Dorchester will be coming together to recognise members of the armed forces.

Veterans, cadets, serving personal and members of the public will be gathering at Dorchester Borough Gardens next weekend for the town's annual Armed Forces Day.

The Civic Service will start a 1.45pm at the bandstand.

The Mayor of Dorchester, Cllr David Taylor will be attending the service and will be on hand to present the veteran's badges.

The service will then be followed by an afternoon of musical entertainment, provided by The Durnovaria Silver Band.

There will also be a number of stalls in the Borough Gardens with information on The Royal Navy Association, The Soldiers Sailors Air Force Families Association as well as other charity stalls.

A local historian will also be on hand who will be talking about Dorchester's contribution and involvement to both world wars.

Keith Mullen, from the Dorchester Armed Forces Committee, is looking forward to the event and is encouraging Dorchester to come and show their support and celebrate the armed forces and recognise the work it does.

He said: "This year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. Those who served in this war are now all gone and those who served in the Second World War are all in their eighties and nineties, with many still involved in helping the committee."

Mr Mullen added: "The Dorchester Armed Forces Committee are all regrettably getting older. It would be great to see new faces, who may have some fresh ideas.

"To serve on this committee is is not necessary to have served in our armed forces. You only need to have the desire to help the general public recognise what our armed forces have done."

Anyone interested can contact the committee's secretary, Roy Dean, on 01305 853442.

Dorchester Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday, July 7.