The parade makes its way down Bangalow’s main street.
The parade makes its way down Bangalow’s main street.

Old and new join to lead parade

THE novelty of two WWII jeeps in the Bangalow parade was not lost on the big crowds lining the streets on Anzac Day.

Spectators were not disappointed, as the parade included not only the old jeeps carrying three WWII veterans, but was led by Peter Crouch, a serving member of the RAAF, followed by members of the 41st Battalion.

Sub-branch member Merv Brown, 90, one of only two Bangalow sub-branch members to have served in both the Middle East and New Guinea, rode in the first Jeep, supplied and driven by Ash Viola of Binna Burra, while Russell Blanch and Harold Davidson came next in a vehicle owned and driven by Wilf Keys of Federal.

Other service men and women, community groups and schools followed.

The crowd gathered at the Cenotaph surrounded by the 41st Battalion catafalque party, where wreaths were laid.

At the service which followed, prayers were offered by local priests Russell Trickey and Anthony Lemon.
Lieutenant Michael O’Brien delivered a thoughtful address on the significance of Anzac Day.

Sub-branch president Chris Gray thanked the community for its continued support.

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