Good turnout for Anzac Day

Veterans and family members in the 11am parade.

GOOD attendances have been reported at Anzac Day services throughout the Derwent Valley municipality today, from the Dawn Services at New Norfolk and Maydena to the 11am services at Bushy Park and New Norfolk, and the special 9.30am Corumbene Nursing Home service in between.

At New Norfolk the conditions were still overcast at 11am but the morning fog had lifted. There were very good numbers both in the parade and in the crowd looking on. Derwent Valley Concert Band musician Arthur Jones sounded the Last Post at all three New Norfolk services, to wide acclaim.

Local students at the Bushy Park

The Maydena Dawn Service had about 60 people in attendance, with many then traveling to New Norfolk for the 11am service. About 50 people attended the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool’s 11am service. Student represenatives of Glenora District School were among those laying floral tributes at Bushy Park and a pleasing number of students was also reported at the Maydena service.

The Reverend Celia Hooker, who spoke at all three services in New Norfolk, told the 11am gathering of her pride in the service and sacrifice of Derwent Valley residents including those of her own generation. She also paid special tribute to World War II Z Special Unit veteran Ken O’Brien, 93, who she described as New Norfolk’s hero.

More photos tomorrow.
The Derwent Valley Concert Band on parade.

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