Anzac Day in Wingham

2014 PHOTOS: March and Main Service

ANZAC Day will be marked extensively around Wingham this year with a number of services being run, giving everyone in the community the chance to pay their respects to our past and present service men and women.

The Dawn Service will start proceedings, with the form-up from 5.15am on the corner of Isabella and Queen streets.



The march will lead proceedings to Wingham Town Hall by 5.30am where Ron Irwin, president of the Wingham RSL sub-branch, will conduct the ceremony.

Del Heuke will read the prologue, while Wingham High School captain Joel Hedge will lead the Anzac address, assisted by Jack Croker.

A 'Gunfire Breakfast' will be served at Wingham Services Club following the service.

The main service is expected to attract a large crowd again this year, with march to form up outside Town Hall at 9.15am.

School children, ex-service men and women, community groups and more, will march together to Town Hall where the ceremony will begin at 9.30am.

Ron Irwin will again lead the ceremony, and will be joined by the voices of the Kantabile Choir, with Richard Crook on organ.

Wingham High School's captain Eddi Raglus will speak the Anzac address this year, assisted by Kate Shields, while the school will also be providing the flag bearers and cenotaph guardians.

Reverend Darrel McKeough will oversee the ceremony and Warwick Murray will be the bugler for the main ceremony, as well as the dawn service.

This will be followed by the 'Diggers Lunch' at the club and 2-Up will kick off in the auditorium at 1.30pm.

There are also smaller ceremonies happening around the town throughout the day, including a smaller commemorative service at the ceremony gates at 8.30am.

John Thompson will be the bugler and the service will be conducted by sub branch members.

Please note, the Street Reach Bus will be leaving the club at 8.15am for anyone wanting to take part in that ceremony.

Wingham Court will have their own service at 11.30am, run by Marie Hatchwell and John O'Keefe, with John Thompson again lending his talents on the bugle.

The day's proceedings will finish with a 5pm ceremonial sunset at Wingham Town Hall and all RSL members and the public are invited to attend.

Organisers would like to extend a thank you to Wingham Scouts who will again be assisting with the set up for the day, along with the local SES crews who are on hand to help with road closures, first aid and to hand out water where needed.

These are outdoor ceremonies so please remember to bring a hat, sun protection and or an umbrella if needed.

For further information, contact Ron Irwin on 6553 4594.

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