Poppy sell­out kicks off lo­cal memo­ri­als

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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