IGNORE what you’ve been seeing on social media – here’s what you need to know about Anzac Day in the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands this Sunday. Yes, it is on. No, you don’t need a ticket. Yes, you might need to sign in under the coronavirus precautions. Yes, veterans will be able to march. And no, in most cases, relatives of veterans, school groups and service clubs, etc, will not be able to march, but there is a place for everyone at the local Dawn Services and 11am services.
After last year’s coronavirus lockdown, Anzac Day services will once again be held in the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands this Sunday. Public health regulations mean the services will not be quite the same as in the past. At most venues, everyone attending will need to sign-in under a COVID-Safe plan.
At New Norfolk, the traditional 5.45am march from the RSL to the Cenotaph will be for veterans only. Later in the morning, veterans will march the same short route via Tank St, instead of the usual parade up High St, to the Cenotaph where the public is invited to assemble. Vietnam veteran Dale Britten will be in charge of the two marches and the Reverend Celia Hooker will speak at the 6am and 11am services at the Cenotaph in Circle St. There will be a sign-in process on site. A special feature of the 11am service will be the Derwent Valley Concert Band playing music by Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly, during the reading of the names of the fallen. Titled Elegy: In Memoriam, Rupert Brooke, it was composed while Kelly was under fire at Gallipoli. He was killed at the Somme the following year. Road closures – Dawn Service: Circle St will be closed to all traffic from 5.30-7am. Richmond St, Tank St, and High St from Burnett St to Circle St will also be closed from 5.30-7am. 11am Service: High St will be closed to all traffic between Burnett St and Circle St from 10am-noon. Richmond St, Circle St and Tank St will be closed to all traffic between 10am and noon. Council carpark: To allow for the services to be held, the Derwent Valley Council Offices carpark will be closed from 8pm on Saturday night until noon on Sunday.
At Fentonbury, the first local Anzac Day service in many decades will be held at 5.45am. This follows the recent restoration of the local war memorial monument opposite the old shop at Fentonbury. All are welcome to attend the short service at this location. There will be a sign-in process on site.
At Maydena, there will be a 6am march along Kallista Rd from the Fika Cafe (former Mountain Cafe) to the RSL Club for the laying of wreaths. A cooked breakfast will be served afterwards in the club.
At Gretna, a 6am service will be held at the War Memorial, off the Lyell Hwy. Central Highlands Council staff will manage the check-in process on site.
At Hamilton, an 11am service will be held at the rose garden memorial in Tarleton St. Central Highlands Council staff will manage the check-in process on site. Afterwards, the Hamilton Inn will provide a free sausage sizzle, tea and coffee at the hotel.
At Bothwell, an 11am service will be held in Queen’s Park. Central Highlands Council staff will manage the check-in process on site.
Pictured: A quilt commemorating the Gallipoli campaign has been presented to the New Norfolk RSL Club ahead of Anzac Day this Sunday. Sub-branch secretary Brian Glover last week accepted the gift from Janine Clifford of New Norfolk’s Quilted Teapot patchwork supply and cafe. The quilt was made by Jeanette Leek from materials donated by the Quilted Teapot and will be permanently displayed at the New Norfolk RSL.