Poppy sellout kicks off local memorials
Anzac Day celebrations are off to a good start already in North Otago.
On Friday members of the Oamaru Air Training Corps 26 Squadron hit the streets selling Poppies as part of Poppy Day.
Maddicyn Ross, 17, and Soraya Tempero, 15, were outside the Lagonda Tearooms and had sold out after three hours.
‘‘We started as 8:30am and by 11:30am we had three left,’’ they said.
A World War I commemorative concert put on by the Oamaru Garrison Band at the Oamaru Opera House on Sunday also proved popular.
Opera House director Frances McElhinney said the concert was very well attended.
‘‘We had about 130 people purchase tickets about 30 minutes before the show started,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone really enjoyed it. There’s so much interest at the moment in the men who fought during the war.’’
A number of services and events have been organised for Anzac Weekend.
On Friday Waitaki Girls’ High School will host an Anzac commemoration service celebrating the role of women in war.
The service, which will take place in the school at 2pm, will take the form of a docu-drama where the roles women played in the war will be celebrated in song, drama and readings.
A full colour party made up of girls who currently belong to service organisations will open the service.
On Saturday a dawn service will be held from 6:30am at the Great War Memorial on Thames St, outside the Waitaki District Council office.
Wreaths will be laid at the Oamaru Services Cemetery at 9am, followed by wreathlaying at the Turikina Memorial.
A parade and Garden of Memories service will begin at 10.30am at the South African War Memorial, finishing at the Great War Memorial.
It will be followed by a service at the Garden of Memories at 11am.
Posies will be laid at the Oamaru Services Cemetery on Friday at 4pm.
Wreaths will be laid at all services.
Our Anzac Day pullout on page 19 has more information, including details for other services.
On Saturday afternoon the Waitaki Boys’ High School Old Boys Association will host an Anzac concert.
Featuring a song and recital by Richard Bowering and accompanied by June Cameron, the concert is a poignant but sometimes humorous look at WWI and how it started.
The concert is in the Hall of Memories from 2:30 to 3:30pm, followed by afternoon tea in the dinning room.
The concert is free and anyone is welcome to attend.