RSL members arrive in a Jeep for the Anzac Day service at Stirling Park.
RSL members arrive in a Jeep for the Anzac Day service at Stirling Park. Kerry Thomas

Hundreds turn out for Anzac Day

ANZAC Day dawn service organisers in Gladstone were pleased with the turnout for yesterday morning’s memorial service.

Gladstone RSL sub branch president Derek MacDougall said it was good to see the support of the Gladstone community, despite the fact it had been a long weekend and it was school holiday time.

He said there were about 500 to 600 people at the service.

“We didn’t know how it was going to go with it being school holidays,” Mr MacDougall said.

He said the turnout for the gunfire breakfast at the Gladstone Bowls Club was on par to last year’s numbers, with many familiar faces in the crowd.

Chanel College’s choir sang the hymns at the service and the Australian and New Zealand national anthems.

Gladstone State High School, St Stephen’s Lutheran’s College, Gladstone West State School and Toolooa State High School had student representatives lay wreaths at the ceremony, which marked the 96th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli by Australia and New Zealand armed forces in the First World War.



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