ANZAC Day to be marked shire-wide

Memorial Hall will again be the centre of ANZAC Day commemorations in Tenterfield.
Memorial Hall will again be the centre of ANZAC Day commemorations in Tenterfield.

While ANZAC Day will be commemorated in villages throughout the district next Tuesday, April 25, for those opting to remain within the town limits there will be ample scope to honour those who fought in conflicts.

The dawn service is scheduled to commence at 5.30am at Memorial Hall with an introduction by Tenterfield RSL Sub Branch president David Stewart, followed by a prayer from the Ministers Fraternal and an address by mayor Peter Petty.

Groups and individuals can then lay a wrath at the memorial before standing for the Last Post and a reading of the Ode, followed by a minute’s silence for reflection and concluding with the Reveille and the national anthem.

There will then be a service at Tenterfield Cemetery before a Gunfire Breakfast at the RSL Pavilion at the rear of Memorial Hall.

The march will start at 10.30am from the Telegraph Hotel, down Rouse St with Dr Dick Keatinge and Bob Smith taking the salute and reviewing the parade, continuing to the Memorial Hall where the commemoration service will begin at 11am.

The RSL Sub Branch luncheon will be at the Tenterfield Bowling Club from 12.30pm, but prior bookings are essential. The Royal  Hotel will also be hosting Two Up from 2.30pm.

With plenty of ANZAC Day activities planned throughout the shire, councillors are taking a divide-and-conquer approach to having council represented at each of the services.

In addition to the Dawn Service  at Tenterfield Memorial Hall and cemetery service, Cr Petty along with Cr Gary Verri will attend the service at Legume Cemetery, with Cr Verri continuing on to the Urbenville and the Liston services.

Cr John Martin will join Cr Petty at the Mingoola service.

Meanwhile Cr Tom Peters will be at the Dawn Service at Torrington, Cr John Macnish and Cr Bronwyn Petrie at Drake’s Dawn Service, and Cr Brian Murray and Cr Don Forbes at the Wallangarra/Jennings service.