Pied piper at dawn and sky-typing over Somerset: How the West Country celebrated VE Day 75

Safe celebrations have been taking place across the region to mark 75 years since VE Day. Credit: ITV West Country

On the 8 May 1945, people all over the West Country marked Victory in Europe Day after six years of war.

This year, the coronavirus lockdown meant hundreds of celebrations planned across the region to mark the 75th anniversary were cancelled.

In the same way that millions of people have used technology in recent weeks to take part in virtual quizzes and family meet-ups, VE Day 2020 was celebrated in a similar way.

WATCH: A pied piper kicked off VE Day 75 with a special tribute on Glastonbury Tor.

VE Day 2020 started at dawn on Glastonbury Tor with a pied piper paying tribute to those who fought in World War II.

Craig Mcfarlane composed the tune especially for the. commemoration events. Under original plans, five thousand pipers were going to be playing together.

Instead they were asked to perform alone if they were able to do so.

WATCH: ITV West Country reporter Ben McGrail captured the UK's first ever sky-typing display over a Somerset airfield.

The country's first ever sky-typing display took place over a Somerset airfield, also to celebrate VE Day.

It featured the famous words 'We Will Meet Again', 'Thank You' and 'VE Day 75' to pay tribute to those who fought in World War II.

The display took on another meaning too, with the phrases addressed to those working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

An event for everyone: residents of a street in Bristol hosted a socially-distanced street party. Credit: ITV West Country

A residential street in Bristol determined to celebrate hosted a socially-distanced street party for the community.

People living on Novers Park Road, in Knowle, had parties in their front gardens to make sure they respected the lockdown rules.

Lee and Sara Carswell, who organised the festivities, told ITV West Country it was a way of lifting spirits during the lockdown.

Bristol Cathedral hosted a virtual ceremony. Credit: PA images

Bristol Cathedral hosted a virtual ceremony to mark the occasion.

It was broadcast online and led by the Revd Canon Michael Johnson, Acting Dean of Bristol.

This video footage provided to ITV West Country by Great Western Railway show the commemorations at Bristol Temple Meads station.

People working there stood a safe distance apart and clapped to pay tribute to those who fought, while train drivers sounded the horns.