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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 May, 2005, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Welsh veterans commemorate VE Day
Winston Churchill signs to crowds on VE Day
Winston Churchill signs to crowds in London on VE Day
War veterans are taking part in events across Wales to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day.

Tributes are been paid on Sunday to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice with a service at the cenotaph in Cathays Park, Cardiff.

A heritage service in Denbigh is inviting people to share their wartime memories with them in an old munitions factory.

A version of Dad's Army will be staged at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Theatre.

As a member of the Eighth Armoured Brigade, Phil Berry, 82, from Penarth landed on Gold beach during the D-Day landings.

"At the time we were young, I was 20 years old, and we didn't know what to expect," said Mr Berry who has been taking part in the Cathays Park service from 1045 - 1130BST on Sunday.

"People don't realise how valuable their memories are
Debbie Snow
curator manager of Yr Hen Garchar

A member of the south Wales branch of the Normandy Veterans, he believes it is important for younger generations to remember the scarifies of the war-time life.

"I get invited to schools to talk to children and recently we took classes from Llantwit Major to the Imperial War Museum in London.

"It's essential for children to see what happened."

The Denbighshire Heritage Service is commemorating VE day by inviting local people to share their memories at Yr Hen Garchar in Ruthin.

The building was used as a munitions factory during WWII and as part of the oral history project the team is trying to record people's war time reminiscences.

"We've already had a group in here today, talking about food rationing," said Debbie Snow, curator manager of Yr Hen Garchar.

"People don't realise how valuable their memories are. It's important to encourage inter-generation exchange "

Ruthin jail while it was a munitions factory in 1944
The munitions workers outside Ruthin jail in 1944

The building has been decked with VE flags and bunting and four of the staff are dressed as land army girls.

Weekend activities have been organised for children to help them understand life during wartime.

From 9 May to 14 May a production of Dad's Army is being staged at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea, with a requested Sunday evening performance by the Royal British Legion.

A remembrance parade was held in Treorchy, Rhondda, on Saturday afternoon and veterans, the Grenadier Guards band, and representatives from all the forces marched from Treherbert to Treorchy.

Also taking part were the Rhondda Cynon Taf youth chorus, Rhondda's Sea Cadets and the youth brass band.




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