Nigel set to give big shout-out in trib­ute to grand­fa­ther

Albany Advertiser - - REMEMBRANCE DAY 2018 - Toby Hussey

Al­bany be­ing the cen­tre of An­zacs for the whole world (means) this is where it all started.

Al­bany man Nigel Lees says he’s look­ing for­ward to get­ting into town on Sun­day and shout­ing at the top of his lungs.

The 65-year-old will be one of the most vis­i­ble at­trac­tions in the CBD when he be­comes his­toric town crier for the Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions on Sun­day.

It is a job he said he ac­cepted in part to pay trib­ute to his An­zac grand­fa­ther.

“My grand­fa­ther sailed out of here for World War I,” he said.

“Be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity is a great thing, and Al­bany be­ing the cen­tre of An­zacs for the whole world (means) this is where it all started,” he said.

Mr Lees will be ad­dress­ing troops and read the end-of-war procla­ma­tion from the cor­ner of Stir­ling Ter­race.

He’s just one of sev­eral who will be in town on Sun­day dressed in pe­riod cos­tumes, walk­ing the main streets cheer­ing the end of war.

The group is one part of a project to con­vert Stir­ling Ter­race into what it was dur­ing the war years, which will in­clude street din­ing, live per­for­mances and a vin­tage ve­hi­cle dis­play.

As a City of Al­bany project, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices Su­san Kay said the area would aim to recre­ate the feel­ing in town 100 years ago

“It will be very nos­tal­gic in many ways and a chance to not only re­flect on the past and pay our re­spects, but look to the fu­ture with hope for con­tin­ued peace and pros­per­ity,” she said.

Nigel Lees (right) with the group of pe­riod ac­tors.

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