Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Foggy start to Anzac Day

The New Norfolk Cenotaph after the
Dawn Service today.
ABOUT 300 onlookers turned out to observe the New Norfolk Anzac Day Dawn Service in the town centre this morning. Fog descended on the town during the service, adding to the already overcast conditions.

Master of ceremonies Phil Pyke said another 60 people had marched from the RSL Club to the Cenotaph in front of the Derwent Valley Council Chambers, under the direction of parade marshal Dale Britten.

The Reverend Celia Hooker led the prayers and gave a short address on the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country and also those for whom the horrors of war did not end with the Armistice.

Bugler Arthur Jones will play
the Last Post three times today.
"We remember those who suffered for decades afterwards, and their families, from what we used to call shellshock," Mrs Hooker said after the service.

Mr Pyke read the the names of the local service personnel who lost their lives in World War I and II, and Chris Lobb recited the Ode to the Fallen. The Last Post was then sounded by Arthur Jones from the Derwent Valley Concert Band in the first of his three performances today.

All is now quiet at the Cenotaph but from about 10.40am participants in the main Anzac Day parade will start to assemble at Arthur Square at the corner of High and Stephen streets. The parade will set off at about 10.45am for the main service at the Cenotaph at 11am.

There will also be an 11am service at the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool, Gordon River Rd.

Dawn Service participants formed up outside the RSL Club before marching to
the Cenotaph via Tank St for the 6am service.

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