Dawn services planned for Anzac Day on Eyre Peninsula

VENUE: Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch president Peter Linn is happy to see the Anzac Day dawn service can happen at Centenary Oval, where more people can be accommodated with COVID restrictions in place.
VENUE: Port Lincoln RSL Sub Branch president Peter Linn is happy to see the Anzac Day dawn service can happen at Centenary Oval, where more people can be accommodated with COVID restrictions in place.

Towns throughout Eyre Peninsula will be hosting Anzac Day services this Sunday.

LOWER EYRE

The Port Lincoln community is invited to attend the Dawn Service at 6.30am at Centenary Oval.

This year's service will be held at Centenary to meet COVID requirements and people will be required to social distance and enter through two access points, checking in with either QR codes or sign in with an admission sheet.

Port Lincoln City Band and the local Army Cadets will be attending and the service will be broadcast live on 5CC for those who wish to commemorate from their driveways like last year.

Sub Branch president Peter Linn said although there would not be a march taking place this year, the branch was happy to once again hold a service that the public could attend.

"I think it's absolutely brilliant we can once again in this COVID recovery time invite people to take part in this service of commemoration so they can share their respect and we're equally looking forward to next year, post vaccination when we can have marches, gunfire breakfasts and life with a bit more normality," he said.

"The beauty of this year is we can do far more than we could do last year, but we are following the advice of SA Health to keep our community safe, especially as our elderly veterans are part of a vulnerable group."

Mr Linn said thanks went to the Port Lincoln Football League for providing the oval for use as well as 5CC for once again broadcasting the service live.

It will be followed by a breakfast for veterans and their partners at the RSL Clubrooms at 8am, the Sub Branch has asked for bookings for this event for catering purposes.

Cummins-Yeelanna RSL Sub Branch will hold a dawn service for Cummins and districts residents at 6.30am at the Cummins memorial.

People will need to social distance, enter through the designated entrances and sign in with QR codes or manually.

There will be no march or breakfast this year.

"We're doing a dawn service and asking everyone who wishes to come that they abide by COVID regulations," Megan Haensel-Fuss of the RSL Sub Branch said.

The Tumby Bay community is invited to attend a Dawn Service at the Cenotaph on Tumby Terrace at 6.30am.

People are advised to follow the COVID safe plan and maintain 1.5 metre distancing, with QR code check ins or signing in on contact tracing sheets being mandatory.

A gunfire breakfast will follow at the RSL Hall with a maximum of 72 per room.

West Coast

Ceduna will be hosting a dawn service at Soldiers Memorial Park at 7am, with a breakfast in the RSL clubrooms to follow. There will be no march.

Streaky Bay will be hosting a service at 11am at the RSL Hall, however there will be no march and no after-service activities as in past years, while Elliston's service will be at 7am at the memorial, with breakfast available at the Elliston Hotel afterwards.

Wudinna will be hosting a 6.15am dawn service at Standley Park, followed by a free breakfast at the Wudinna Community Club. Also, there will be a community breakfast at the Minnipa Village Green at 7am.

Eastern Eyre

Kimba's service will be at the Soldiers Memorial Garden at 10am, with morning tea after the service. Assemble for the march at Landmark corner at 9.45am.

There will be a dawn service at Cowell at 6.45am, with an 11am service to follow, both at the memorial. Breakfast and lunch will follow the services.

Cleve will host a dawn service at the cenotaph at 6.30am, before a free breakfast in the RSL Hall.

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