On parade ... old Digger Warren Meredith  sits in one of the parade jeeps.
On parade ... old Digger Warren Meredith sits in one of the parade jeeps. Trevor Veale

A day to remember

“ALL in all it was a perfect day,” Coffs Harbour RSL Sub Branch president Bob Payne said about Anzac Day on Saturday.

Mr Payne called the day magnificent and added he had been given a lot of positive feedback about events throughout the Coffs Coast.

“It was the biggest dawn service ever,” he said yesterday.

“And the main service was just gigantic.”

“Everything went like clockwork.”

Coffs Harbour City Council supplied extra seating from the showgrounds so that more people could have a seat near the cenotaph in the warm autumn weather.

Guest speaker at the dawn service was Coffs Harbour Christian Community College student Rachael Bennett. Retired RAAF Group Captain Richard Kelloway was guest speaker at the main service later in the morning.

Mr Payne estimates that two to three thousand people were at the dawn service and an amazing five thousand people, or more, at the main service.

“It's certainly the biggest attendance we've had at Coffs Harbour,” Mr Payne said.

According Mr Payne, the Two-Up at the RSL club went magnificently, adding that $1000 was raised for plaques to be placed at the War Memorial for the war widows.

There were similar scenes at Woolgoolga with two to three thousand people lining Beach St and filling the forecourt of the RSL Club.

Bagpipes were played and many children waved Australian flags in the warm weather.

Diggers were applauded as they made their way from the post office to the cenotaph in the Woolgoolga RSL forecourt.

Temperatures reached 38 degrees while the commemoration service was being conducted, but that didn't stop crowds from joining in with the hymns and prayers.

Dozens of wreaths were laid across the Coffs Coast commemorating those who have fallen in conflicts since the Gallipoli landing on April 25, 1915.



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