CORONAVIRUS has cancelled another Island event — the annual Armed Forces Day veterans' parade and salute.

Scheduled to take place on June 20 later this year, marking the 75th year since the end of the Second World War, Armed Forces Day celebrated the contribution of personnel in the Armed Forces.

However, current restrictions have caused the popular event to be called off by the Isle of Wight Council.

Council chairman, Cllr George Cameron, said the organising committee was "deeply disappointed" to make the decision, but it had been done in line with government advice.

He said: "We understand the cancellation of this event will be very disappointing for Islanders but safety must come first.

"We must be responsible and follow the government's measures to protect the NHS and save lives.

"However, the focus now turns to next year and arranging a fantastic event for us all to show our support and gratitude for those who have served or are currently serving the forces, and their families."

Armed Forces Day is organised by members of the Royal British Legion and people with armed forces connections.

The council is the main sponsor but support also comes from town and parish councils.

Councillor Cameron added: "Town and parish councils that have already contributed will be contacted and, with their permission, we will roll the money over to next year's event."