A leading West Cumbrian organisation will welcome a former England Women’s rugby captain to its annual dinner next month.

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) West Cumbria branch will host its dinner and STEM educational extravaganza at Lakes College, Lillyhall, on Thursday June 27.

Tamara Taylor, who captained England in the 2015 Women’s Six Nations Championship and is the second most capped England player of all time, is one of the guests of honour at the event.

She will be joined by IMechE chief executive Dr Colin Brown and Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, who is the offshore wind champion for the development of the sector deal as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

The dinner will also include a presentation of Lakes College’s Best HNC and Best HND Student awards.

This year’s event is called Our World in 2050, as the branch has been focusing on engineering sustainability, and during the day, it is holding a STEM Educational Extravaganza – a competition for pupils from local schools to explore how climate change could affect their world by 2050 and how to adapt the built environment, using engineering.

Honorary chairman Caroline Hamilton said: “It’s been an eventful year for the branch with visits to Derwent Pencil Factory, PaR Systems, Bendalls Engineering, TIS Cumbria and our lecture series.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our guests of honour, and would like to thank our members for their support.”