Hundreds turned out for the service at the Yamba Cenotaph.
Hundreds turned out for the service at the Yamba Cenotaph. Debrah Novak

Nippers play part in special day

MORE than 500 people gathered in Yamba yesterday to show their respect to our Anzac heroes.

A fresh wind greeted the crowd as they watched the Maclean Pipe Band lead the march down Clarence St, with more than 60 returned servicemen and women following close behind to the sound of spontaneous applause.

The procession included representatives of the Australian Red Cross, the barefoot Yamba Nippers, and a large number of school children from Yamba Public, St James Primary, Maclean High and Clarence Valley Anglican.

The sun shone on the ceremony which was held at the Yamba Cenotaph and included an address made by Corporal Matt Carlin.

"On 25th April 1915, 16,000 Australians and New Zealanders surged ashore at the foot of rugged cliffs on the Dardanelles peninsula in Turkey to open a campaign intended to give allied shipping access to the Black Sea, bring help to Russia, and perhaps force Turkey out of the war," Cpl Carlin said.

"It was, as historians say, an ill- conceived campaign in pursuit of a vague objective, premised on an under-estimation of the military prowess and character of the Turkish soldiers and the tactical advantages they held.

"But the cream of the Australian and New Zealand armies, volunteers all, committed themselves with no hesitation about the nobility of their cause and fought with great courage, skill and innovation; while displaying great mateship for each other and respect for the enemy.

"For Australians and New Zealanders, Anzac is our day."

Nippers Tyler Essex (8) and Josh Morris (9) took part in the wreath-laying ceremony as representatives of Yamba Surf Life Saving Club.

Tyler and Josh said they volunteered to be part of the event and had been coming down to watch for as long as they could remember.

"It was special," said Tyler.

Tyler's Mum, Leah Essex, said she made sure her children came to see the Anzac Day march every year.

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