Anzac Day services planned for Lower Eyre

The story of a digger who died at Fromelles will make up part of the Port Lincoln Anzac Day dawn service as thousands are expected to attend services across Lower Eyre Peninsula.

Edgar Parham

Edgar Parham

Port Lincoln’s dawn service starts at the war memorial at 6.25am but people are encouraged to attend at 6am to see a projection by Illuminart and local artist Sue Wegener on the wall of the Port Lincoln Hotel.

Ms Wegener will tell the story of Edgar Parham, who died at Fromelles in World War I.

Following the dawn service a gunfire breakfast will be provided behind the Port Lincoln RSL.

Later in the day the Anzac Day parade will form up on Adelaide Place at 9.30am for a 10am start to the memorial, where a service will begin at 11am, followed by drinks and two-up at the RSL.

Port Lincoln is also expecting to have some guests with the HMAS Leeuwin expected to be berthed in Boston Bay.

The Cummins/Yeelanna RSL Branch will hold its dawn service at the Cummins war memorial from 7.30am, followed by a march to the RSL Hall where a gold coin breakfast will be served.

This Friday the branch will run its Anzac Appeal Badge Day and will be selling badges outside Five Loaves Bakery and the Cummins IGA from 8.30am to raise money for the Anzac Appeal.

In Tumby Bay the dawn service will begin with service personnel forming up at 6.15am opposite the Senior Citizens clubrooms to march to the cenotaph where the service will take place. The community is invited to attend the service, followed by a gunfire breakfast and two-up at the RSL clubrooms.

The third Gallipoli Beach service will take place later in the day at 11.25am, with people invited to drive to Farm Beach where they will be guided by a marshall. Parking is available near the service area.

Ian Beeby will serve as MC for the service that will include a fly-by with Liquid Lunch to perform ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda’. Following the service there will be a historical display at the Marble Range Community Sports Club.