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Manic's Nicky Wire: People will remember this forever

Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers has spoken about his joy at Wales reaching the semi-final of the European Championship.

"It just becomes part of the collective memory of the nation, and that's really important," he said. "Everyone who has been around for this will remember that forever."

Speaking about the band's song, Together Stronger (C'mon Wales) he added: "It's about the players and the fans. It's to say thank you."

The song, which became the team's official anthem at the Euros, will be performed for around 33,000 people Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening.

Wales team chant on open top bus for Cardiff tour

The Wales team have boarded an open top bus to take a tour around the city as part of their welcome home.

The players chanted on the bus and waved at people watching from nearby buildings.


Footballing heroes' triumphant return to Cardiff

This is the moment thousands of Wales fans greeted their football team as they arrived back from the 2016 Euro Championship in France.

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King of the castle! Aaron Ramsey can't resist a selfie

The Wales team are in Cardiff Castle waiting to board their open top bus for a tour of Cardiff and one player couldn't resist a selfie.

King of the castle! Aaron Ramsey takes a selfie on Cardiff Castle turret. Credit: ITV News

Aaron Ramsey climbed onto the castle walls for a quick snap with hundreds of fans lining the streets.


Wales team mobbed by tiny fans at Cardiff Airport

The Wales team's faced an excited crowd at the airport, where children dressed in Wales shirts awaited their heroes with huge grins.

The players signed t shirts and notebooks as they walked through the airport. Hundreds more waited for the team outside.

Preparations underway for Welsh team's homecoming party

Thousands of people are to flock to Cardiff City Stadium tonight to welcome home the Welsh football team after they made it to the semi finals of Euro 2016.

It was the first time the national team reached a major tournament since 1958.

ITV News Wales correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports on the preparations for the party:

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Cardiff Airport awaits arrival of Wales team

The Wales team are due to fly into Cardiff in the next few hours to face a heroes' welcome after their semi-final success in Euro 2016.

The players are currently at Dinard Airport in France to catch the plane home.

Meanwhile at the Cardiff City Stadium a red carpet is being rolled out. A concert and homecoming event will begin later.

Red carpet being rolled out at Cardiff City Stadium today. Credit: ITV News

The Secretary of State of Wales Alun Cairns, said they were an inspiration.

Their achievement in the Euro 2016 Championships has been immense and we are so proud of each and every one of them. They are an inspiration to all.

The Welsh fans throughout the competition conducted themselves with exemplary behaviour and did their nation proud."

We can not underestimate the value of football as an international currency, this has been an incredible advert for Wales, really cementing our position in the eyes of the world."

Now is the time to celebrate the FAW and their historic achievement."

Croeso nol

– Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns
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