RESIDENTS are encouraged to mark the 80th anniversary of a New Forest town's worst bombing event of the Second World War.

On August 23, 1940, 25 townsfolk and visitors were killed in New Milton during a German bombing raid, which devastated the centre of town on a sunny summer’s day.

Further raids took place on August 8, 1942, and January 22, 1943, when six more people died, including six-year-old Brian Eric Holloway.

The New Milton Memorial Clock in Station Road acts as the town's place of remembrance for the lives lost.

Several New Milton residents, who lived through the bombings, are set to be at the clock to pay their respects on Sunday.

No official event is planned this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the town council will be honouring those who lost their lives on its website and social media.