South East Wales

VE Day service of thanksgiving as nation remembers

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Media captionVE Day parade in Swansea

A national service of thanksgiving was held in Cardiff as part of final Victory in Europe Day commemorations.

The church service at Llandaff Cathedral was attended by Minister for Finance and Government Business Jane Hutt.

Other VE Day events across Wales on Sunday included a parade in Swansea and a 1940s family event in Blaenavon.

First Minister Carwyn Jones represented Wales at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Sunday morning.

The events followed a two minute silence and the lighting of beacons on Friday to mark the end of World War Two on the continent.

On Saturday, bell ringing took place in Cardiff, Brecon and Pembrokeshire.


Sunday events

  • Cardiff Castle - Family picnic and 1940s themed entertainment and military re-enactment (12:00 - 16:00 BST)
  • Llandudno Junction, Conwy - a special VE Day service at St Michael's Church from 10:30 BST
  • Llandaff, Cardiff - VE Day service at St John's Church at 11:00 BST
  • Swansea - VE Day service and parade at the city's anti-aircraft gun monument from 11:45 BST
  • St David's, Pembrokeshire - VE Day themed service at St David's Cathedral (morning)
  • Brecon, Powys - Special VE Day service at Brecon Cathedral at 15:30 BST
  • Mold, Flintshire - 1940s themed free community event in Daniel Owen Square from 13:00 - 15:00 BST
  • Blaenavon, Monmouthshire - 1940s themed family fun day (afternoon)

Please send your VE Day event pictures to newsonline.wales@bbc.co.uk

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Media captionA national service of thanksgiving is held at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to mark VE Day
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Image caption A 1940s themed VE Day party in Heath, Cardiff
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Image caption Street parties have been held across Wales
Image caption VE Day service at Cardiff Castle on Friday
Image caption The beacon at Cardiff Castle on Friday night
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Image caption The Golden Lion in Magor, Monmouthshire, was decorated with VE Day flags
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Image caption VE Day commemorations in Brecon

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