Mablethorpe commemorates Anzac Day

Standard bearers raise their flags in honour of the fallen heroes from Australia and New Zealand in WWI. Photo: Trevor Bradford.
Standard bearers raise their flags in honour of the fallen heroes from Australia and New Zealand in WWI. Photo: Trevor Bradford.
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A real sense of community was shown at the town’s first commemoration of Anzac Day to remember the fallen heroes from WWI.

Anzac, which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps is a day of remembrance for the Australians and New Zealanders who lost their lives during the first world war.

The official commemoration is held at precisely 5.30am and a ‘superb turnout’ was made by residents and local dignitaries who came together in an act of remembrance.

Chairman of the Mablethorpe and District Royal British Legion, Col Sweeney explained that the day was a great success.

“As this was our first time commemorating Anzac Day, it turned out to be a great success with a superb turnout, Col said.”

“Mablethorpe was only one of a few places that held their service at the official time of 5.30am.

“Everyone was very impressed with the service, including our Australian guest.”

The Mablethorpe branch of the Royal British Legion invited retired Warrant Officer, Terry Smith to the service so he didn’t have to make the trek down to London and was given the opportunity to lay a wreath in remembrance of his fellow comrades.

Four standard bearers were present during the occasion which included The Mablethorpe and Alford branches of the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Association, Mablethorpe branch and the 1228 Mablethorpe Air Cadets were too in tow.

Flight Sergeant Scott Gardiner of the 1228 Mablethorpe Air Cadets said: “It was a privilege to be asked by the Royal British Legion to join them.

“Never in my time served have I had such an opportunity to take part in a remembrance service, where it brings the whole world closer together.”

After the service, everyone went along to Dave’s Cafe for a traditional gunfire breakfast.

Col added: “This commemoration servervice is marked in the diary for many more years to come.

“I would to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor and everyone for turning out and showing their support. It was a fantastic community effort to support this major event.”