Anzac Day marked

Ex-servicemen and women gathered at the Bogan Shire Cenotaph for the 6am Dawn Service on Anzac morning before going to the Nyngan RSL Civic Club to enjoy breakfast provided by the RSL Women’s Auxiliary and cooked to perfection by Scott and David Bartley and Steven Spicer.
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At 9am there was a service conducted by Elwyn Trothe at the Nyngan cemetery, then it was back to the RSL Club to assemble and wait for the march to begin.

Pupils from Nyngan Public, Nyngan High School, St Joseph’s, Girl Guides, Police Department and the Fire Brigade assembled outside the RSL Club along with the ex-servicemen and women, many of whom were wearing with pride their own or family medals along with symbolic sprigs of rosemary.

People gathered the full length of the main street to catch a glimpse of the Diggers as they proudly marched along.

Elwyn Trothe led the service at the Cenotaph, inviting Rev Graham McLeod and mayor Ray Donald to address the crowd.

Imogen Wardman spoke on behalf of the Nyngan High School and was very interesting to listen too. Well done Imogen.

Locals, groups and schools then laid wreaths, followed by a minute’s silence, which was solemnly broken by a stirring rendition of The Last Post.

The Diggers then marched back to the Nyngan RSL Club to enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the RSL Women’s Auxiliary, which was very much-appreciated by all those present.

After lunch the Diggers relaxed and reminisced, remembering fallen comrades, telling a few yarns and generally catching up.

Many thanks to the Bogan Shire for its support and assistance on the day, to the organisers, staff and volunteers at the RSL Club for making the day run smoothly.

The Nyngan Jockey Club held a well-attended race meeting in the afternoon with six races on the program and a free luncheon.

Prizes were on offer for the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ over 25 years sponsored by Jazz Em Up Hair Salon and was won by Angela Bush.

‘Best Dressed Lady’ under 25 years, sponsored by Fifi Hair Salon was won by Naomi Whitehurst from Cobar. The gentlemen on the course were not forgotten with a prize for the Best Dressed Man which was won by Dean Spicer.

What a big day out for Nyngan. After a great day at the races for those not wanting to go home too early there was the ever-popular two-up which completed a long and memorable Anzac Day in Nyngan.

o Jonathon Grant and Garry Owen were the youngest Diggers marching at our Anzac Day parade. Both have served in Iraq. Jonathon has served in Banda Aceh and Garry in Afghanistan.

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