Mt Perry Show will have an An­zac theme

Central and North Burnett Times - - MOUNT PERRY SHOW - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS year’s Mount Perry Show will step back in time to the First World War as show-go­ers re­mem­ber the An­zacs.

Show so­ci­ety sec­re­tary Kerry Bet­tiens said the An­zac theme was sug­gested by the Mt Perry RSL.

“When we got the con­cept of the 100-year an­niver­sary, it just sky­rock­eted from there,” Ms Bet­tiens said.

“Evo­lu­tion Mine is hav­ing stain­less steel plaques made as a ded­i­ca­tion for each World War I sol­dier who en­listed from Mt Perry, and which will be dis­played at the show­grounds.

“The 5th Aus­tralian Light Horse Reg­i­ment will per­form and Ken Hig­gins of Too­goom RSL will be re-en­act­ing (stretcher­bearer) Simp­son and his don­key (at Gal­lipoli).

“Bund­aberg artist Ross Driver has of­fered to bring some of his war-re­lated paint­ings, and his wife Wendy has of­fered to bring a First World War nurse’s uni­form and her col­lec­tion of pop­pies.”

Mrs Driv­ers’ poppy col­lec­tion be­gan in 2002 when she went to France to see where her grand­fa­ther had served dur­ing the war.

More than 500 pop­pies, hand­made by Mt Perry res­i­dents and their friends will dec­o­rate the show pav­il­ion on April 18 and their old town hall on An­zac Day.

Hand­made pop­pies can be dropped off at the Mt Perry Post Of­fice or health cen­tre up to April 15.

Mount Perry RSL pres­i­dent Peter Baker said the RSL had sup­ported the pop­pies project, and an­tic­i­pated us­ing some of the pop­pies in new wreaths on An­zac Day.

“It’s great for a small com­mu­nity like ours,” Mr Baker said.

“Peo­ple put a lot of ef­fort into it.”

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