Parham remembers

Alvin Jenkin reports:

The rain had cleared and winds were moderating by the time around 160 people gathered at the Remembrance Flagpole at Parham at 6.10am on April 25 for the Anzac Dawn service.

A catafalque party from No 1 Combat Communications Squadron, Edinburgh Flight under the command of Sergeant Brenton Atwood provided the guard, and Pastor Scott Combridge gave an address outlining the history of those Australians who have served in war zones since the Gallipoli landing and the scriptural call to “giving their all”.

The Parham Singers sang a hymn and wreaths were laid by two ex-servicemen.

A special souvenir programme was provided to all attendees, which included recruitment photographs of servicemen associated with Port Parham who had served in conflicts and were no longer with us.

Special mention was made of the passing of residents Reg Mayfield (WW 2) and Bob Lyall (Vietnam) who had died in the last 12 months.

Following the service, all adjourned to the adjacent clubrooms for a hearty Aussie breakfast where the Parham Singers entertained during breakfast with war period songs and poetry.

On Anzac Day night an Aussie Dinner Dance was held at the Port Parham Sports and Social Club featuring rabbit, beef or chicken stew and bread pudding on the menu, with music provided by the “Wanderers”.

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