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Thousands stand solemn for Anzac Day dawn service in Newcastle

Thousands stand solemn for Anzac Day dawn service in Newcastle Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.
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Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

TweetFacebookLast Postwas played by a bugler, the rain still drizzling and showing no sign of letting up.

But the solemn crowd was undeterred even though most were not carrying umbrellas.

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They jolted back again at the startling sound of cannon fire fromFortScratchley before acatafalque party concluded formal proceedings.

Mr Fayle became teary as he thanked the city for putting the Nobbys dawn service “on the map”.

The sub-branch president also announced he would be stepping down from his role as emcee to allow younger blood to come through.

“I could not be prouder of what you have done in this city,” he said.

“You have put us on the map. People outside [Newcastle] do not believe what you’ve done with your attendance and commitment.”

Official crowd figures were still being determined but Mr Fayle said it appeared to him the crowdwas on par with previous years (estimates typically place between 30,000 and 40,000 at the service).

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That is despite the inconvenience of road closures for the light rail project.

And security is tight with some city streets blocked off with garbage trucks and skip bins to guard against vehicle attacks.

Spectators were urged to use the park and ride bus service from McDonald Jones Stadium.

Thecrowd quickly dispersed from Nobbysas the rain became heavier.

The sunrise over Nobbys beach did not appear this dawn service because of cloud cover, but those who flocked to the beach still looked out over the ocean and reflected quietly among themselves.

Others made plans for coffee, and city centre cafes appeared to be doing a roaring trade.

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