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‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow

‘The fire has been lit’: Anzac Day tradition continues to grow Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Anzac Day at West Wallsend, 2018Anzac Day service at West Wallsend. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollAs the centenary of World War Idraws to a close, organisers of West Wallsend’sAnzac Day service believe the milestone anniversary has lit a spark that will help keep commemorations strong in communities across the nation.

The town’s Anzac Day service has had a resurgence in the past six years, organisers say, after four decades without a commemorative event on April 25.

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The area around West Wallsend’swar memorial –which features a statue of a Digger affectionately known as Old Snowy –was packed on Wednesday morning despite the rain, as people gathered to march, lay a wreath and pay their respect.

Bob Skelton–a bush poet known around town as The Minmi Magster–recited a piecehe had written as a nod to the iconic Australian Army slouch hat.

“They’ve been worn with passion and pride/ All over this troubled world/Wherever our Aussie flag/ Has proudly been unfurled,” he read.

Retired Army Reserve Major John Doigis the junior vice president of West Wallsend Workers Club, which organised and hosted the commemoration.

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He said the Anzac Day service atWest Wallsend had grown in recent years, “resurrected after having ceased for some time”.

“Country-wide I think there’s been a big resurgence,” he said.

“I think the emphasis placed in the last four years has sowed the seed in the community and I think the fire has been lit.

“We do need to keep that going.”

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