Tam­worth stu­dent car­ries flag

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Gore’s An­zac Day ser­vice was a rather poignant one for 18-yearold Har­ri­son Lehman.

As the Gore Dis­trict Coun­cil’s sister city com­mit­tee’s An­zac ex­change pupil, he car­ried the Aus­tralian flag in the Gore pa­rade and laid a wreath at the town’s me­mo­rial.

‘‘It’s been a bit of an hon­our. I feel very priv­i­leged to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia here this morn­ing.’’

Thoughts turned to home when the Aus­tralian na­tional an­them was played.

‘‘I wasn’t home­sick but I was very proud, even though I was the only one there that knew the song.

‘‘When the Kiwi an­them started it sent shiv­ers down my spine with every­one sing­ing.’’

Lehman hails from Tam­worth, Gore’s sister city, and at­tends Far­rer Me­mo­rial Agri­cul­tural High School.

‘‘Tam­worth City Coun­cil in­ter­viewed all of the cap­tains from the high schools and picked one of us. It’s a re­ally cool ex­change.’’

There were dif­fer­ences be­tween the Gore and Tam­worth An­zac ser­vices, and Gore High School stu­dent Jake Miller, who is Gore’s ex­changee, would no­tice some changes.

Miller would have at­tended the ser­vice in Tam­worth, which started at 10.45am, laid the wreath with the Tam­worth Mayor and ac­com­pa­nied him to the RSL lun­cheon, where he would have made a speech.

‘‘This is a lot colder than Aus­tralia for starters. But at home we have a dawn ser­vice with no march, and then we march for about a kilo­me­tre at 11am,’’ Lehman said.

‘‘There’s two lay­ing of wreaths, one at each ser­vice.’’

This year is the sec­ond year the ex­change had been held.

The se­lec­tion process in­volved Gore High and St Peter’s Col­lege each nom­i­nat­ing three can­di­dates. They are in­ter­viewed on an An­zac-re­lated topic. This year it was about the bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele, given the cen­te­nary is com­ing up in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘It’s an hon­our to come here to­day con­sid­er­ing how close our coun­tries are.’’

Lehman had spent the week vis­it­ing the sites in South­land and re­turns home on Satur­day.

Gore RSA pres­i­dent Frank Lynch said the turnout to Gore’s Dawn Ser­vice was ‘‘bril­liant’’.

He es­ti­mated about 3000 peo­ple were there.

‘‘The last three years have been good but I think this year has been even big­ger.’’

Har­ri­son Lehman of Tam­worth car­ried the Aus­tralian Flag in Gore’s An­zac Pa­rade.

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