Gallipoli sprig a Bangalow feature

The parade moves down Bangalow’s main street.
The parade moves down Bangalow’s main street.

A sprig of rosemary from a bush at Gallipoli, a display of war time memorabilia and two war time Jeeps which carried veterans were among the features of the Bangalow Anzac Day commemorations.

President of the sub-branch, Chris Gray, thanked a supportive community for turning out in large numbers to watch the parade and to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.

The parade was led by Gary Lovell of Clunes and Chief Petty Officer Geoff Connelly, a serving officer on HMAS Cerberus.

It included two wartime Jeeps carrying some veterans from the Bangalow sub-branch, driven by Ash Viola and Wilf Keys, a contingent from the 41st Battalion along with a drum party, ex-servicemen, school students and other community groups.

Among the many wreaths laid was one offered by Dot Gill for the Bangalow Red Cross which contained sprigs of rosemary grown from a bush at Gallipoli.

At the service which followed the Cenotaph ceremony, Captain Michael O’Brien was the guest speaker, and Ash Viola showed off his collection of war-time memorabilia, including items from his late father-in-law, Alf Hayter, who served in New Guinea.

Many veterans, their families and friends enjoyed lunch at the hall following the service.

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