The colourful and creative ways people across Wales celebrated VE Day

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People across Wales, who are being asked to stay at home, stood in silence at 11am to mark 75 years since the end of the war in Europe.

As part of UK VE Day celebrations, the RAF flew a Typhoon jet over Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast - reaching speeds of 350mph.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford spoke with Welsh veterans, now aged between 96 and 103, in calls over Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and over the phone.

In these strange times, people still found ways to commemorate the day in interesting and colourful ways.

In Llanelli, people dressed up and decorated their street with bunting and flags. Mia Jones and her family in Westbury Street ate food outside, while their neighbours played music and put on fancy dress.

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In Cardiff, streets all over the city marked the occasion with displays of memorabilia from WW2 as well as playing music from the time and eating homemade cakes.

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"It's very important that we remember VE Day especially at this time when we are separated from our families and our loved ones and the people we served with", said 80-year-old Irene MacLean. She served in the Royal Naval Reserve from 1961-1971.

"It's a time for reflection and being thankful, and to cheer up and think that just as 1939-1945 passed, so will this. We will all be fine again."

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In Newport, Olivia Reid's street celebrated victory in Europe on their doorsteps, "social distancing of course", she said.

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In Pontyclun, Rhiannon Coomber and her household took part in a street party to celebrate the day.

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Elin Hughes-Jones teamed up with her neighbours in Prestatyn to do a street dance on VE Day.

"We wanted to do something special to commemorate the day and we are all in isolation", Elin said, "so it's a nice way to bring everyone out and do something safely at a distance".

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A production company in Cardiff took another approach to marking the day, by releasing an animation which combines the themes of VE Day and getting through the coronavirus crisis.

"We wanted to say thank you, to pay tribute to all the amazing people on the front line", Bethan Ford from Lab Class said.

"So doing what we do best, and rather than sit at home bingeing Tiger King. We decided to use the time from those postponed projects to make an animation.”

You can watch their animation here.

The Welsh Government has reminded people of rules on social distancing when it comes to street parties.