Two-Up at the GDSC
Two-Up at the GDSC

Highlights from 2018 Anzac Day across the Clarence Valley

WELCOME to

The Daily Examiner's rolling coverage of the 2018 Anzac Day commemorations being held throughout the Clarence Valley. 

Our reporters and photographers will be at various locations across the region, capturing the significance of this day for our community. 

We will be updating this page throughout the day so please check in regularly or hit refresh for the latest news, stories, videos and photos. 

If you have an inspiring story, photos or video from today's Anzac Day events in the Clarence Valley, feel free to email us and we'll look to include it in our rolling coverage.

 

4:20PM

Things are starting to wind down around the Clarence Valley, however, our reporters and photographers are busy uploading images and typing up stories for tomorrow's print edition of The Daily Examiner. Thank you to everyone who shared their inspiring stories and images today. We will see you all next year.

Daily Examiner staff are putting the finishing touches to tomorrow's print edition
Daily Examiner staff are putting the finishing touches to tomorrow's print edition Jenna Thompson

3:00PM

Did you see our reporters filming the Two-Up at the GDSC this afternoon? Stay tuned for the video later this evening!

Two-Up at the GDSC
Two-Up at the GDSC

2:30PM

Thank you to Ulmarra Village Community News for capturing the Ulmarra march this morning.

2:00PM

 

1:50PM

Henry Caldwell looks at the Grafton cenotaph after the main Grafton Anzac Day service.
Henry Caldwell looks at the Grafton cenotaph after the main Grafton Anzac Day service. Adam Hourigan

THE words of the ode "Age Shall Not Weary Them" could not be more readily applied than to 98-year-old Henry Caldwell. Read the full story HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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12:45PM

There were two casualties at the Ulmarra Anzac Day service with two army reserve cadets collapsing near the end of the service.

Ulmarra RSL patron and MC for the day, Bob McFarlane, said in future the area around the cenotaph should be shaded to avoid these hiccups.
Near the end of the service, a cadet collapsed suddenly and members of the crowd went to his aid.

Soon after a younger cadet, who was a member of the flag detail, buckled at the knees and was escorted from the parade ground.
It appeared both responded quickly to first aid.

These incidents did nothing to detract from a rousing service in front of more than 200 people, including a spirited address from guest of honour, Geoff Lenz.


Mr McFarlane also praised a nerveless first-time performance from bugler Melissa Davies.

Most of the crowd moved into the nearby Ulmarra Hotel, where traditional Anzac Day activities began almost immediately.

- Reporter, Tim Howard

 

12:00PM

Wooli Public School students sing Lest We Forget:

 

11:37AM

Reporter Ebony Stansfield captured some footage of the Maclean Anzac Day service not to mention the Super Hornet flyover:

11:00AM

THE 200 people who attended today's Anzac Day ceremonies at Lawrence are now enjoying cups of tea and cakes at the local hall after a busy morning, says reporter Tim Howard.

The Dawn Ceremony proved a popular event this year with around 200 turning out at the local hall, which was followed by a gunfire breakfast put on by the Lawrence Tavern.

One of the event organisers, Bryan Whalen, said the town had decided to fill the day with activities related to the day.
"The ladies have put on a morning tea in the hall, the historical society has a Salute to the Services in the Lawrence Museum and from 2pm two-up will be raging at the pub," Mr Whalan said.

Thank you to Stephen Ward for sending in photos from the march.

10:42AM

10:21AM

Photojournalist Caitlan Charles has arrived at the Wooli Anzac Day service which begins in approximately 20 minutes. If you see her, don't be afraid to ask for a photo.

10AM

War memorabilia from the Cottage Museum
War memorabilia from the Cottage Museum Contributed

If you'd like to soak up more Anzac history, the Remember When Cottage Museum in Waterview Heights will have a number of war memorabilia items on display.

The museum will be open from 2pm today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:28AM

Crowds have gathered to see the veterans, service clubs, school children and various other groups who will march in Grafton in a few moments.

Sid Porter helps hand out poppies before the march begins at Grafton
Sid Porter helps hand out poppies before the march begins at Grafton Adam Hourigan

9:10AM

8:45AM

Dan Optland sent in this stunning photo of the Grafton service at dawn:

Grafton dawn service
Grafton dawn service Dan Optland

8:20AM

Robert Page at the Copmanhurst Dawn Service
Robert Page at the Copmanhurst Dawn Service Caitlan Charles

THE HISTORY of the Page family is tied heavily to the Clarence Valley, but at the Copmanhurst Dawn Service, Robert Page wasn't there to talk about Sir Earle Page but his brother Harold.

Read the full story HERE

 

 

 

 

8:10AM

Private Harry de Bomford who serves in the army at Brisbane with father Commander John de Bomford, who came teo Yamba to visit local veteran and father/grandfather Barry de Bomford - look out towards sea at the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service.
Private Harry de Bomford who serves in the army at Brisbane with father Commander John de Bomford, who came teo Yamba to visit local veteran and father/grandfather Barry de Bomford - look out towards sea at the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service. Adam Hourigan

WHILE many locals came to pay their respect at the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service, many families returned home to commemorate the day.

"It's an opportunity to reflect and consider others as opposed to yourself...The spirit of Anzac is all about looking after each other."

Read the full story HERE

 

 

 

7:55AM

Sahnti Tyas Tunggal was at the Chatsworth island dawn service to watch daughter Samira give the address as one of the school's leaders, but she snapped this spectacular image of the sunrise:

Dawn service at Chatsworth Island
Dawn service at Chatsworth Island Shanti Tyra

7:45AM

Need to know what's open today? We've compiled a list HERE.

What's open around the Clarence Valley this Anzac Day
What's open around the Clarence Valley this Anzac Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:38AM

Bill Baxter, the last Korean war veteran left in the Yamba RSL sub-branch watches the sun rise after the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service.
Bill Baxter, the last Korean war veteran left in the Yamba RSL sub-branch watches the sun rise after the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service. Adam Hourigan

Photographer Adam Hourigan spoke with Yamba's last Korean war veteran at this morning's service. Read his incredible story HERE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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98-year-old World War II veteran Henry Caldwell attended the Wooli dawn service along with his wife and three daughters.

They also had 12 members of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam,, from 1969-70. They are attending the Ulmarra service at 11am.

 

 

 

 

6:50AM

Photojournalist Caitlan Charles was honoured to attend the Copmanhurst dawn service this morning, the first since the memorial was opened in 1926. Full story HERE

World War II veteran Amy White with Copmanhurst Anzac Day organiser Brian Bultitude shortly after the dawn service.
World War II veteran Amy White with Copmanhurst Anzac Day organiser Brian Bultitude shortly after the dawn service. Caitlan Charles

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6:11AM

Brett O'Connor sent in this Anzac morning sunshine for the diggers:

 

5:30AM

When the national anthem started playing at the Copmanhurst Dawn Service, the speaker cut out, but one man wasn't having a bar of it.

To keep the song going, he began to sing loudly, so everyone could keep up with where the anthem should be.

It took a few moments, but the music kicked back in and the man continued to belt out with pride, the national anthem with the community of Copmanhurst. 

- Caitlan Charles, Photojournalist

 

4:45AM

Photojournalist Caitlan Charles readies her camera while she awaits the Copmanhurst dawn service, only moments away. Pictured here is Steven Blackadder, a member of the Light Horse Brigade. Read his full story HERE

 

Copmanhurst Anzac Day dawn service
Copmanhurst Anzac Day dawn service Caitlan Charles

 

 

4:30AM

RAIN FORECAST FOR DAWN SERVICES

Grafton 14% chance of rain

Yamba 47% chance of rain

Maclean 47% chance of rain

Copmanhurst 14% chance of rain

Wooli 35% chance of rain

Lawrence 40% chance of rain

Ulmarra 47% chance of rain



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