Children take centre stage
By DAVID BANCROFT
FOUR children stole the show at the Ulmarra Anzac Day commemorations yesterday.
Short of a minister to conduct the service, the Ulmarra RSL sub branch decided to invite one student from each of four schools sponsored by the club to address the gathering, and according to branch publicity officer Ian Harris, it was 'magic'.
"Everybody thought it was wonderful ... I have had so much magic feedback," Mr Harris said.
The students ? Zoe McLennan from South Grafton High, Dana Wratten from Ulmarra Public, Lucy McSwan, from Cowper Public and Colin Wood from Tucabia ? spoke about what Anzac Day meant to them.
"I was worried that it might be a bit childish," Mr Harris said.
"But it was beautiful. People were really moved.
"Everyone thought 'this is the way to go'. We have had very positive feedback."
About 200 people attended the march and many more for a game of two-up and get together at the Commercial Hotel afterwards.
"The young bloke behind the bar asked me yesterday if it was going to be busy and I said it 'would be six deep at the bar'.
"He said 'you've got to be kidding'.
"But that's what it has been like."
Mr Harris said the feel and the community support throughout the day were 'beautiful'.
"We had a barbecue and three blokes from the bar just said they would do it for us," he said.
"They weren't servicemen ... just some blokes who wanted to give us a hand.
"It was a lovely touch."
Mr Harris said he had not taken part in the twoup game because, as a pensioner, he had to 'watch the pennies a bit'.