Lucky Tony wins ballot to attend Gallipoli ceremony
MILITARY fanatic Tony Bryce applied to go to the 100 Years of Anzac ceremony back in 2013.
By April 2014 he had almost forgotten about it.
"We put two ballots in and I didn't think much of it. About 12-16 months later I got an email.
"I thought it was a joke. I thought it was one of those dodgy emails but my login worked and then I thought, 'Wow. It's true!'"
Mr Bryce, who owns business ADE Electrical, said he had never won anything in his life and he felt grateful to be one of the 8120 Australians to attend the event.
"There is a waiting list of 30,000 people if anyone pulls out. I feel lucky to be going," he said.
"It just shows the Anzac spirit is alive and well if that many people are on the waiting list."
Mr Bryce will take his good friend Joe Barry for the 16-day trip that starts on April 16.
"I have a wife and 16- and 11-year-old daughters. I think they are still dirty on me (for not taking them), but we will all go on the next trip together," he said, laughing.
Both of Mr Bryce's grandfathers served in the Second World War.
"I was in the cadets from Year 8-12 at school and I applied for an apprenticeship with the army in Year 11 and accepted it," he said.
"However my father convinced me to do an electrical apprenticeship instead."
Are you one of the lucky people who secured a spot in Gallipoli's centenary commemorations? If so, The Observer would love to tell your story before you go, especially if you have a family connection to the First World War. Call reporter Laura McKee on 4970 3029.