TWO hundred members of Merseyside's Sicilian community will gather in Liverpool this weekend.

The members of the national organisation Sicilia Mondo - Sicily world - have been invited to aday of events in the crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday.

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The event, which will include music, food and information about the history of the Italian island, has been organised by Sicilia Mondo and its president Charlie Mancuso.

Mr Mancuso, a "retired young man of 76", wholives in Calderstones, said: "I was born in Sicily but came here when I was 21 as I had ambitions I couldn't fulfil in Sicily.

"I spent 50 years in the ice cream business but I'm retired now and to keep my brain occupied I decided to be active in the social side with the Italian and particularly Sicilian community around the whole of England."