Spirit of Anzac lives on 

Preparations are well underway for the Smithton, Stanley and Marrawah Anzac Day services to be held this Monday (April 25) across the region. Smithton Scouts’ Caleb Flint, 13, will stand guard at the flag poles of Smithton’s main service. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Remembrance. Circular Head will pause this Monday to reflect those who have served for Australia and New Zealand on the one-hundred-and-first anniversary of the initial landing at Gallipoli.

As the sun rises in the east, the community will stand to hear the bugle ring out the Last Post followed by a minute’s silence during the dawn services at Stanley, Smithton and Marrawah.

Smithton High School Student Executive Council co-presidents Judd Stewart and Erica Quinn will address the Smithton dawn service at 6am followed by breakfast at the Circular Head RSL.

Donations received from the breakfast will go to the Legacy charity to assist families of war veterans.

Gathering at St Paul’s Church in Church Street, Stanley at 8.30am, community members will march united to the cenotaph in the town’s centre.

Stanley youth Philippa Parker will play her violin before master of ceremonies Michael Johnston and Julia Parker deliver the Anzac Day message followed by a scripture reading from pastor Dean Ollington.

As community members lay wreaths in honour of servicemen and women, Stanley Primary School students will present Anzac Day inspired letters on the cenotaph followed by the Stanley and Forest primary school students performing two old-time war songs.

From 10am the community will gather in Emmett Street, Smithton to march toward Anzac Park for the main service.

Circular Head RSL Sub Branch president Jason Chatwin will open the service before Jesse Arnold performs the National Anthem and Lorna Crole makes a prayer reading.

Vietnam veteran Larry Digney OAM who served as a clearance diver in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will deliver the Anzac message while a catafalque party stands guard at the cenotaph.

Mr Digney was a returned Warrant Officer and well respected national president of the RAN Clearance Divers Association.

While bugler Barry Smith – who will play at all of the region’s main services – performs the Last Post, Smithton Scouts’ Caleb Flint and Tobey Schuuring will hoist Australian and New Zealand flags.

Circular Head Christian School students Kurtis Maher and Mikaylah Tuxworth will deliver a message before Annette Dawes sings the iconic “We’ll Meet Again” at the conclusion of the service.

Following the Smithton service, lunch will be served at the RSL.

Gathering at the Marrawah Tavern at 12pm, MC Rob Saltmarsh will address the coastal crowd at the 12.30pm service alongside presentations by Redpa Primary School students.

Retired Police Commander of the Western District, Lauchland Avery – who joined the force as a 19-year-old from Circular Head – will speak at the service.

Redpa Primary School’s Parents and Friends committee will provide a luncheon afterwards for a small donation.

A continual slideshow, containing photos of war personnel from past and present conflicts, along with the drawings and stories by school children will be on display.

The Circular Head RSL’s memorabilia cabinet will officially be named in honour of dedicated Circular Head RSL Centenary Committee member, Circular Head RSL House and Finance committee member and RSL member Michael Shelly, who passed away last November.


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