Australia Day Celebrations and Rotary Awards

AUSTRALIA Day celebrations and an official ceremony led by Eric Richardson OAM have succesfully concluded in Wingham.

Jim and Marcia Gilligan enjoy traditional Cocky's Joy

Jim and Marcia Gilligan enjoy traditional Cocky's Joy

It was a family day

It was a family day

The Rotarians cooked up a storm on the barbecue

The Rotarians cooked up a storm on the barbecue

Some of the members of 1st Wingham Scout Group

Some of the members of 1st Wingham Scout Group

Representing Wingham High School captains Eddi and Joel

Representing Wingham High School captains Eddi and Joel

Captain of Wingham Public School 2013 Nash McPherson gave a heart warming speach

Captain of Wingham Public School 2013 Nash McPherson gave a heart warming speach

Mave Richardson and Deputy Mayor Robyn Jenkins get into the spirit of the day

Mave Richardson and Deputy Mayor Robyn Jenkins get into the spirit of the day

The Scouts raised the flag to begin the official ceremony

The Scouts raised the flag to begin the official ceremony

Eric Richardson welcomed one and all

Eric Richardson welcomed one and all

Robyn Jenkins spoke of communities and how Australia Day helps us reflect on what we mean to each other

Robyn Jenkins spoke of communities and how Australia Day helps us reflect on what we mean to each other

Rev Darrell McKeough made time on a Sunday to say a prayer in the park

Rev Darrell McKeough made time on a Sunday to say a prayer in the park

Eddi Raglus gave her perspective and meaning of Australia Day

Eddi Raglus gave her perspective and meaning of Australia Day

Wingham Rotary president Michael Roohan with the Pride in Workmanship Award recipients Kevin and Wendy Bakewell of Bakewell Haulage

Wingham Rotary president Michael Roohan with the Pride in Workmanship Award recipients Kevin and Wendy Bakewell of Bakewell Haulage

Joel Hedge and Eddi Raglus were both given Young Achiever of the Year Awards presented by Michael Roohan of Rotary (right)

Joel Hedge and Eddi Raglus were both given Young Achiever of the Year Awards presented by Michael Roohan of Rotary (right)

The Citizen of the Year Award was presented by Michael Roohan of Rotary to husband and wife (of 60 years) Marie and Norm Hatchwell

The Citizen of the Year Award was presented by Michael Roohan of Rotary to husband and wife (of 60 years) Marie and Norm Hatchwell

Jillian Dunn sang the National Anthem

Jillian Dunn sang the National Anthem

A colonel in the making? Nash McPherson aged 12 with Eric Richardson

A colonel in the making? Nash McPherson aged 12 with Eric Richardson

They've just celebrated 60 years of marriage and dedicate themselves to helping others, Norm and Marie Hatchwell

They've just celebrated 60 years of marriage and dedicate themselves to helping others, Norm and Marie Hatchwell

Young Arabella Roohan waves the flag for Rotary

Young Arabella Roohan waves the flag for Rotary

After the Australian flag was raised by members of First Wingham Scout Group, there was a welcome by Deputy Mayor Cr Robyn Jenkins and a prayer with Reverend Darrell McKeough. Australia Day addresses were heard from local students: Wingham High School captain Eddi Raglus and Wingham Public School captain Nash McPherson.  

Wingham Rotary Club also announced the recipients of the 2014 Rotary Awards:

Pride in Workmanship - Kevin and Wendy Bakewell of Bakewell Haulage

Sports Person of the Year - Luke Bailey

Young Achiever of the Year (two awards given) - Joel Hedge and Eddi Raglus

Special Award for Service to our Community - Don Forbes

Citizen of the Year - Norm and Marie Hatchwell

Jillian Dunn sang the National Anthem and Let there be Peace on Earth after which Eric Richardson gave his closing remarks.

With good weather conditions, a little cooler than previous years, those that attended were able to enjoy the program comfortably. Members of Rotary provided refreshments with a barbecue and the sweet delights of Cocky's Joy (bread with golden or maple syrup).