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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Llangollen celebrates VE Day anniversary in its own special way

* Llangollen Town Hall illuminated to commemorate V E Day 75 by Ollie, Rachel 
and James of Orb Sound and Lighting.

Despite the lockdown, Llangollen still managed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in style yesterday.

During the day scores watched a special half-hour programme arranged by the town council.

The professionally-shot Stay at Home Party including memories of those who lived through the Second World War recorded at The Old Vicarage Care Home, a poignant ceremony of remembrance in Centenary Square and songs and poetry of the era.

Residents across town dressed up their homes and gardens to hold their own VE Day while “street” parties observing strict social distancing rules.

And in the evening the Town Hall was bathed in a striking array of red, white, blue and red and green lights, while St Collen’s church bells rang out to mark the victory at 7pm.

On Facebook many shared their stories of how their families had lived through and served in the war which was finally ended in Europe on May 8th 1945.


* Residents of The Old Vicarage care home recorded their wartime memories for the town council's Stay at Home Party. The programme can still be seen and shared at: 

* Phil Stroud, chair of Llangollen Royal British Legion. leads the VE Day remembrance ceremony in Centenary Square during the programme.

* Eleri Jones recites the poem Red Poppies by I D Hooson at the war memorial during the programme.

* A picture from Facebook of Bishops Walk residents 
marking VE Day while staying at home.

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