Ser­vices held across the North Bur­nett well at­tended this year

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS ANZAC DAY -

THE com­mu­nity came out in droves to cel­e­brate Anzac Day across the re­gion.

Monto RSL Pres­i­dent John Lynn said he felt the ser­vice this year was bet­ter than usual.

“It was a big crowd and of course they’re al­ways well be­haved,” Mr Lynn said.

“There were a num­ber of draws for the town this year; in ad­di­tion to it be­ing Monto’s turn to host the mayor’s visit, there was also a ded­i­cated piper to lead the lament.

RSL trea­surer David Wat­son was happy they were able to get Don Hid­dle to play the pipes this year.

“It was or­gan­ised at our last meet­ing that he was stay­ing over with one of our mem­bers and he played the bag­pipes so we snagged him up,” Mr Wat­son said.

In Gayn­dah, sol­diers from the Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment once again paid their re­spects on Anzac Day and were joined by a large crowd of res­i­dents and veter­ans.

Gayn­dah’s last sur­viv­ing Sec­ond World War Vet­eran Keith McGil­very lead the Anzac Day march and Gayn­dah RSL pres­i­dent Boyd Baker lead the cer­e­mony.

After some ini­tial is­sues with the play­ing of the last post Mr Baker was able to see the light side.

“When they orig­i­nally de­cided to do the Last Post in this way the idea was to have five min­utes of si­lence,” Mr Baker said.

“That never came about due to ob­vi­ous rea­sons, but you peo­ple here to­day have done a great job.

“I wish to thank ev­ery­one for at­tend­ing and show­ing their re­spects.”

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