Big crowds watch Byron Bay parade

The parade sets off from Bay Street.
The parade sets off from Bay Street.

The combination of a long weekend and balmy weather, saw bigger crowds than normal line the streets of Byron Bay to watch the Anzac Day parade and service on Sunday.

There was plenty of warm applause for the former service people and the occasional ‘good onya mate’ from the crowd as the parade made its way through the town.

Also in he parade were local fire fighters, scouts and cubs and students from Byron Bay Public School, St Finbarr’s Catholic School and Byron Bay High School.

Geoff Spargo, principal of Byron Bay Public School delivered the commemoration address at the service at the Memorial Gates at the Recreation Ground in front of several hundred people.

Mr Spargo said Anzac Day was a day of reflection and a day to remember the sacrifices made by those who had served their country.

He said mateship was at the heart of the Anzac spirit and urged people to follow that example by looking after their mates and fellow citizens.

Earlier, a big crowd attended a dawn service at the Memorial Gates.

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