An­zac cen­te­nary theme of pop­pies de­lights crowd

Central and North Burnett Times - - MT PERRY SHOW -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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