Beloved TV star and Ayrshire resident Glen Michael has thrown his support behind a Scottish veterans' charity as it prepares to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade star has given his backing to Erskine as the charity looks ahead to the commemorations for the Allied invasion of continental Europe in June 1944 that changed the course of the war.

Mr Michael, who will celebrate his 98th birthday in May, began his career as an entertainer on stage during the war, performing for troops alongside his wife Beryl.

He later joined the RAF before creating his iconic hit shows through the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Finding success in Scottish theatre, he performed alongside Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy at venues including the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.

His hugely popular Cartoon Cavalcade show ran on STV from 1966 until 1992.

Commenting about his support for those who have served their country, Mr Michael, who lives in a cottage on the Ayrshire coast, said: "Having served, I understand the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.

"It is an honour to stand with Erskine and support their mission of supporting Veterans, especially as we approach the significant 80th anniversary of D-Day.

"It's crucial that we recognise and appreciate the dedication of those who have served and the sacrifices that they have made."

The Erskine charity will honour D-Day throughout the year, culminating on June 6 with a series of events, fund-raising activities and volunteering opportunities.

Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE, chief executive at Erskine, said: "Scottish children of the 60s and 70s – and their parents – will most likely have grateful TV memories of Cartoon Cavalcade.

"That’s why we feel privileged to have the wonderful Glen Michael on board as a supporter of Erskine.

"His own military service and passion for the welfare of veterans, resonates with our mission, as we approach the poignant occasion of the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

"Together, we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those who have dedicated themselves to serving our country."