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Record numbers attend Island Bay Anzac Day service

Apr 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

An Anzac Day service in Island Bay last week was the highest attended service there has been in the suburb.

RSA Wellington city branch vice-president John Williamson pointed out the record numbers when introducing the groups present.

The service was held at 2pm in the Island Bay School hall, and was attended by veterans and community groups, including the local Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades, Girl Guides and Scouts.

It included a speech on the significance of Anzac Day by Labour list MP Andrew Little, who lives in Island Bay.

Mr Little said 250 residents of Island Bay, Owhiro Bay and Houghton Bay went to fight in World War I, and read out the names and streets of those who died.

There were hymns and prayers, the national anthem was sung, and the last verse of Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen recited. Then Andrew Weir played the Last Post, and, after a minute’s silence, Reveille.

Then wreaths were laid next to the school bell, which bears an inscription to alumni who died during the world wars.

This was followed by a walk to Island Bay’s Shorland Park, where the wreaths were again laid at the base of the Band Rotunda, which also bears an inscription to local residents who died in the two world wars.

Mr Weir again played the Last Post, and attendees were invited to afternoon tea at St Hilda’s Anglican Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANZAC SERVICE: Local church ministers Stu Print, left, and Nathan Parry.

 

 

ANZAC SPIRIT: From left, Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle, Labour List MP Andrew Little and RSA Wellington City branch vice-president John Williamson.

 

IN MEMORY: Island Bay School’s commemorative plaque to former students who died in the world wars.

 

Island Bay School’s bell tower with a commemorative plaque to former students who died in the world wars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST POST: Andrew Weir plays the Last Post.

 

 

FOR THE FALLEN: Memorial plaque on Shorland Park’s Band Rotunda dedicated to local men who died in World War II.

 

WORLD WAR I: Memorial plaque on Shorland Park’s Band Rotunda dedicated to local men who died in World War I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANZAC WREATHS: Some of the wreaths laid at the base of the Band Rotunda at Shorland Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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