ANZAC Day will return to its pre-pandemic format at New Norfolk with the reinstatement of public parades at Monday’s Dawn Service and the later Civic Service. While participants and the general public will continue to be encouraged to observe physical distancing and other Covid-Safe precautions, it will otherwise be a return to normal for New Norfolk’s Anzac Day marches at 5.45am and 10.30am.
Elsewhere in the Derwent Valley, the smaller communities have also been preparing for Anzac Day and this is particularly evident at Fentonbury and Maydena. Flagpoles have been installed at the recently restored monument at Fentonbury and these will have their first official use this Anzac Day. Work has also done been done at Maydena, where three silhouettes have been installed on the front of the local RSL Club, featuring soldiers guarding a fallen comrade’s grave.
- New Norfolk: The RSL Club in George St will open in the early hours to prepare for the 5.45am march to the Cenotaph via Tank St. Public participation is invited. The Dawn Service will start when the parade enters Circle St. Breakfast will be available afterwards at the RSL for $5.
- New Norfolk: At 10.30am, the town’s main Anzac Day parade will be held for the first time since 2019. The Derwent Valley Concert Band will lead veterans and community members marching from Arthur Square up High St to Circle St for the civic service. Anyone wanting to march should assemble at Arthur Square by 10.30am. The civic service at 11am will feature Rodney Bester as master of ceremonies; the St Matthew’s Singers will perform with the concert band; and speeches will be given by Craig Farrell MLC and the Reverend Celia Hooker.
- Fentonbury: A Dawn Service will be held at 5.45am at the local monument. Afterwards, breakfast will be available at the Westerway Hall.
- Maydena: Meet at Fika Time Cafe at 5.45am to march to the RSL for the Dawn Service, followed by breakfast in the club.
- Gretna: A Dawn Service will be held at the war memorial, Lyell Hwy, at 6am.
- Arthurs Lake: A Dawn Service will be held at the roadhouse at 6am.
- Bushy Park: An 11am community service will be held at the War Memorial Swimming Pool, Gordon River Rd.
- Hamilton: A civic service will be held at the war memorial, Tarleton St, at 11am.
- Bothwell: An 11am civic service will be held in Queen’s Park.
Pictured: Stefan Frazik, Gerry Ygosse and Pauline Browning raising the flag at Fentonbury.