Mt Perry Show will have an Anzac theme
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.”