Anzac Day march grows each year

ORGANISERS have arranged for a bigger marshalling area for the Anzac Day parade because of the growing popularity of the day.

RSL sub-branch treasurer Peter Young said an application had been made to Gladstone Police to allow marchers to line up along Goondoon Street near the Gladstone City Council offices and into the eastern side of Roseberry Street.

Last year's Anzac Day march, a Sunday, had the biggest registration ever for Gladstone. Estimates for the dawn service and the main parade on Monday are between 1500 and 2000 people.

For the first time the New Zealand anthem will be sung during the main service following the Australian anthem. Organisers have urged those attending to take seating with them.

Sub-branch president Graham Alexander said dawn service veterans and marchers were to form up in the Valley Shopping Centre car park at 5.25am with the march-off scheduled for 5.30am.

A gunfire breakfast will follow the dawn service at the Gladstone Bowls Club.

For the main parade and civic ceremony, veterans and marchers are to form up outside the council offices at 10.25am for the march-off at 10.30am. The civic ceremony will begin about 11am.

The Gladstone Vintage Car Club will provide transport for the totally or permanently incapacitated and a limousine will transport ex-servicewomen to lunch at Yaralla Sport Club from 12.30pm.

Tickets for the lunch cost $10 and are available from the RSL office, 22 Flinders Parade. For information phone the sub branch on 4972 3211.

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