Dawn services across the valley and highlands

HUNDREDS of residents of the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands have gathered at local war memorials to honour servicemen and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country. Dawn services were held this morning at New Norfolk, Gretna, Maydena, Fentonbury, Bronte Park and Arthurs Lake, with 11am services to follow at New Norfolk, Bushy Park, Hamilton, Bothwell and Great Lake.

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At New Norfolk, parade marshal Dale Britten marched a big contingent of veterans and family members from the RSL Club to the Cenotaph via Tank St. At 10.30am, Mr Britten will take charge of the main parade which will march from Arthur Square and up High St to the Cenotaph for the 11am civic service at the Cenotaph.

New Norfolk RSL Club vice president Bernie Clifford led the Dawn Service and read the list of the fallen. The Reverend Celia Hooker spoke briefly and led the prayers. Derwent Valley Concert Band bugler John O’Carroll sounded the Last Post and played the national anthem. Wreaths were placed on the Cenotaph and those at the service were invited to adjourn to the RSL Club for breakfast.

New Norfolk RSL Club vice president Bernie Clifford addressing the dawn service today.
The scene at Fentonbury where the New Zealand flag was flown today.

THE FOLLOWING SERVICE WILL BE HELD LATER THIS MORNING:

  • New Norfolk: At 10.30am, the town’s main Anzac Day parade will be held. 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. A contingent of army cadets will participate and will form a catafalque party at the Cenotaph. Anyone wanting to march should assemble at Arthur Square by 10.30am. The civic service at 11am will feature the St Matthew’s Singers who ill perform with the concert band. The guest speakers will be Craig Farrell MLC and the Reverend Celia Hooker. Lunch will be available at the RSL after the service.
  • Bushy Park: An 11am community service will be held at the War Memorial Swimming Pool, Gordon River Rd. Lunch afterwards.
  • 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.
  • Great Lake: A community service will be held at the community centre at 11am.

A list of other Tasmanian Anzac Day services is available here.

Part of the big crowd at the New Norfolk dawn service at the local Cenotaph.
The Reverend Celia Hooker speaking at the New Norfolk dawn service.
New Norfolk dawn service.
Participants in the New Norfolk dawn service facing the rising sun while listening to the Last Post.
Bugler John O’Carroll.
Some of the floral tributes placed on the New Norfolk Cenotaph this morning.
Fentonbury dawn service.
The Fentonbury war memorial this morning.

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