Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple gath­ered at Rooty Hill RSL to pay trib­ute to the Dig­gers on An­zac Day.

Although num­bers were down on last year’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions, a spokes­woman from Rooty Hill RSL told The

Stan­dard they still had a great turnout at their dawn ser­vice on Mon­day.

“We had a won­der­ful dawn ser­vice this year, with a huge turnout of about 2500 peo­ple,” she said.

With the club host­ing the big­gest two-up event in western Syd­ney, thou­sands made the trip from Pine­grove to the RSL later in the day. “Most of the peo­ple from the dawn ser­vice headed to the club af­ter to cel­e­brate the rest of the day,” the spokes­woman said.

For the first time, the club has cre­ated a me­mo­rial dis­play of 1000 pop­pies as a trib­ute to the na­tion’s fallen sol­diers.

“Peo­ple are con­stantly stop­ping and com­ment­ing on what a beau­ti­ful trib­ute it is,” the RSL spokes­woman said.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Corinne Blight and Hay­ley McCann in Rooty Hill RSL’s field of pop­pies.

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