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
The Rotarians cooked up a storm on the barbecue
Some of the members of 1st Wingham Scout Group
Representing Wingham High School captains Eddi and Joel
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
The Scouts raised the flag to begin the official ceremony
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
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
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)
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
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
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).