Record ser­vice ex­pected

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

RECORD crowds are ex­pected at this year’s An­zac Day ser­vice in El­len­brook as the RSL sub­branch com­mem­o­rates the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice that ended World War I.

The ser­vice, the big­gest in the re­gion, is ex­pected to at­tract more than 5000 peo­ple to El­len­brook District Open Space.

El­len­brook RSL sub-branch me­dia of­fi­cer Frank Mal­lard said the Dawn Ser­vice con­tin­ued to at­tract more peo­ple each year.

“We see the ser­vice grow­ing each year, with 5000 peo­ple at­tend­ing last year and this year we ex­pect more than that be­cause of the cen­te­nary,” he said.

“We are ex­pect­ing there to be an in­crease from last year and for this year to be our big­gest.”

Sub-branch vice-pres­i­dent Darby Munro said there were more fam­i­lies and chil­dren at­tend­ing the ser­vice each year.

“Each year we see more and more young fam­i­lies get­ting in­volved and chil­dren recog­nis­ing the ser­vice of sol­diers,” he said.

This year’s Dawn Ser­vice will be the third held at the District Open Space, which en­abled it to grow each year.

Mr Munro said it also raised the pro­file of the sub-branch and opened it up to new mem­bers.

“Our mem­ber­ships grew by 20 over the past year, with some

younger vets from Afghanistan join­ing,” he said.

“We hope this will con­tinue and we can get some new, younger mem­bers to join.”

The El­len­brook RSL sub­branch dawn ser­vice will start from 5.45am at the El­len­brook District Open Space, with cof­fee avail­able for pur­chase from 5am.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Frank Mal­lard and Darby Munro from the El­len­brook RSL sub-branch with Darby’s grand­son Se­bas­tian Munro, from St He­lena’s Catholic Pri­mary School. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481540

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