Anzac centenary theme of poppies delights crowd
THE centenary of the Anzacs’ landing at Gallipoli was the basis of Mt Perry Show Society’s theme.
The show featured Toogoom RSL’s Ken Higgins re-enacting John Simpson and his donkey, who rescued the wounded from Gallipoli’s frontline, and the Gympie Light Horse Regiment demonstrating their skills.
Bundaberg Show Society president Wendy Driver entered into the Anzac spirit by wearing a First World War nurse’s uniform and placing her collection of poppy memorabilia on display.
“Since I went to France in 2002, I’ve collected anything with poppies on it – dolls and pins, fishes and cups,” Mrs Driver said.
“Granddad was in World War One and I went to France to see where he’d been.”
The show pavilion was decorated with 976 poppies handmade by townspeople and their friends, with a guess-the-number competition won by Dawn Shield.
At the pavilion’s entry, a new honour board with a stainless steel plaque for each First World War soldier who enlisted from Mt Perry was donated by Evolution Mines.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS: The 2015 Mt Perry Show had an Anzac theme with community members making more than 1000 poppies. (From left) Denise Shield and Marilyn Lewis.