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Let's celebrate VE Day at home, says 98-year-old veteran Ioan

World War II veteran Ioan Valentine is calling on residents to celebrate VE Day from the safety and comfort of their own homes tomorrow.

veteran Ioan

Ninety-eight-year-old Ioan who's from Swansea, celebrated the original VE Day in 1945 aboard a submarine berthed in port in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.

He says the best way to commemorate the big day on its 75th anniversary is to do it from home.

Ioan, who was a volunteer firefighter during the Swansea Three Day Blitz before signing-up for naval action in submarines said that it's vital for people like him to stay at home but stay active as well.

He's benefiting from the National Exercise Referral Service (NERS) provided by the NHS and Swansea Council with a bit of extra help from his daughter.

He said: "This year I'm celebrating VE Day at home because I want to stay safe, protect the NHS and help save lives.

"I've been able to keep active with help from NERS and their videos on Youtube. One of the things I do is march up and down on the spot because it keeps the blood circulating, especially if you keep your back straight."

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism said: "Ioan is an example to us all about doing the right thing this VE Day.

"I want to thank him for his wartime service and for the example he's setting us all now about staying active, staying safe and staying at home.

"Commemorating VE Day is a brilliant opportunity for our communities to gather together to remember one of the defining moments of our history. We can do this at home together."

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