Peg opens new space
VIOLET Town RSL officially opened the new ‘Ted Armstrong Rooms’ in the space formerly the Violet Town Library.
With the library moved into the newly created space next door, the RSL were leased the premises by council on an ongoing basis.
The ribbon was cut for the hall opening by Peg Armstrong, on behalf of her late husband, long-serving Violet Town RSL president Ted.
Ted dedicated much of his life to the organisation, and the Armstrong family have had a long association with the defence force, with Ted’s father fighting at Gallipoli, and Ted himself serving during the Second World War.
The day was also an opportunity to unveil another memorial to a much loved former member of the community in Val McLean, who passed away on Anzac Day this year.
Val’s daughter Sandy McAllister had the honour of removing the covering on the tiled mosaic Eucalyptus Macrocarpa- Val’s favourite flower- by local artist Barbara Ramage.
“Val was a tireless worker with a wicked sense of humour,” Violet Town RSL president Ross Walker said.
“She was constantly on the move from the moment she woke up in the morning, whether it was for the hospital, op shop, Probus Club, or the Red Cross, she never stopped dedicating her time to Violet Town.”
The mosaic and plaque sit in the courtyard adjacent to the Ted Armstrong rooms, which Mr Walker hopes will become a memorial space dedicated to all those who have volunteered their time for the community.
CUTTING THE RIBBON: The new Ted Armstrong room for use by the Violet Town RSL was officially opened by Ted’s widow, Peg.
FOR VAL: Val McLean’s daughter Sandy McAllister unveils a memorial to her mother at the RSL; a tiled mosaic of one of her favourite flowers.