Peg opens new space

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By WILL MUR­RAY

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.

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