Tra­di­tion alive and

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple joined Hills events to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day on Tues­day, in­clud­ing marches in Chid­low and Northam.

Northam RSL sec­re­tary Donna Pry­tu­lak said about 2000 peo­ple at­tended the main ser­vice at Northam Me­mo­rial Hall fol­low­ing the pa­rade and about 600 were at the Dawn Ser­vice.

“We had three fly­overs, which was re­ally good,” she said.

“This year we in­te­grated a don­key and dog into the march to co­in­cide with an­i­mals that were in war, and we had pi­geons re­leased.

“We had a few dig­gers come from other sub-branches and a few peo­ple who con­tacted us be­cause a grand­fa­ther or un­cle was on our War Me­mo­rial.

“It’s grow­ing more ev­ery year – I be­lieve it will keep grow­ing; younger fam­ily mem­bers are try­ing to keep the tra­di­tion alive.”

The Com­bined Dis­tricts Con­cert Band per­formed and RSL WA’s Mid West Re­gion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Davies spoke at the ser­vice.

Chid­low and Dis­tricts RSL sub­branch vice-pres­i­dent Cor­rina Caswell said about 700 peo­ple at­tended its march and ser­vice, af­ter a gun­fire break­fast pro­vided by Chid­low Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Bri­gade.

“It was ab­so­lutely won­der­ful,” she said. “The RSL com­mit­tee are grate­ful for ev­ery­one’s gen­eros­ity, both our mem­bers and oth­ers; they have been very gen­er­ous with time and help.”

Pic­tures: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d468372

Je­lena Manuel, Ash­ton Ste­wart and Tia Hunt from St Josephs at the Northam ser­vice.

On the march to the Chid­low ser­vice.

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