RESIDENTS throughout Denbighshire and beyond marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day last Friday.

The event was first held on May 8, 1945 to celebrate a formal acceptance by the Allies of the Second World War of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, marking the end of that same war in Europe.

People in Denbighshire celebrated in style, whilst still adhering to the social distancing guidelines in place during the coronavirus lockdown.

Several houses throughout the county, from Denbigh to Ruthin were adorned with the red, white and blue of the British flag as residents gathered for safe distance street parties to commemorate a special milestone for VE Day.

In Llangollen, scores of people watched a special half-hour programme arranged by the town council, which included memories of those who lived through the Second World War recorded at The Old Vicarage Care Home.

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

Elsewhere, Denbighshire County Council displayed a bilingual flag at its County Hall headquarters in Ruthin to commemorate the 75th anniversary, as well as recognise the bravery and sacrifices made by those involved in the conflict.