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Shae Killey3 years ago

Lest we forget this ANZAC Day

As you all should know ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and this Saturday marks the centenary of when the ANZAC soldiers made their first major military action on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. Unfortunately, many soldiers fell on this day and in the fierce battles that followed for the next 8 months, but their memories live on through Australia's most important day of commemoration - ANZAC Day. We've provided you with a step-by-step guide to paying your respects in Newcastle on Saturday, so bring the whole family down and embrace this part of Australian history.

Dawn Service @ 5:10am 

A 30,000 strong crowd is expected to wake up early and head down to Nobbys Beach for the City of Newcastle ANZAC Day Dawn Service. Held on the Shortland Lawn, the Dawn Service is a traditional military routine which is now a part of the ANZAC tradition. During battles, dawn was the most likely time for an attack so they would play the last post to wake the soldiers so they were alert for any possible confrontation. The City of Newcastle ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be quite unique as the service will be concluded with the Firing of the Fort Scratchley guns four times to salute the fallen.
Where: Nobbys Road Newcastle East NSW


ANZAC Day March @ 9:10am 

The City of Newcastle ANZAC Day March sets off from 9:15am on the corner of Perkins Street and Hunter Street Mall. Led by soldiers from the HMAS Tobruk they’ll pass through the main streets of Newcastle all the way to King Street. Be sure to line the streets and pay your respects to this integral part of ANZAC Day proceedings. This year is expected to boast some of the biggest crowds ever with the significance of the centenary occasion.
Where: 4-6 Perkins Street Newcastle NSW


The United Service of Remembrance @ 10:00am

The United Service of Remembrance will be held a the Civic Park and is expected to have a crowd of around 15,000 people. So come down at 10am and join all the others for a moment of reflection on the ANZAC spirit and the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for this country. This service is expected to run on traditional lines.
Where: Civic Park Newcastle NSW 


Looking for a place to spend your ANZAC Day?

Newcastle Diggers Club

Great bistro style meals, Newcastle Diggers - Newcastle
Great bistro style meals, Newcastle Diggers Club – Newcastle

What better place to spend your ANZAC Day than at the Newcastle Diggers Club? Doors open at 5am so you can choose to get in early and watch the service on the big screen or come in after the City of Newcastle ANZAC Day Dawn Service for the breakfast spread.

Located off Hunter Street, Newcastle Diggers Club is a perfect friendly place to enjoy a couple of beers in memory of those who fell fighting to make Australia the way it is today. What’s ANZAC Day without a bit of two-up? Join the other locals for some light-hearted gambling that’s only made legal on this special day of Commemoration. If you want to hang around until the afternoon, the bistro opens from 12pm so feel free to kick back and indulge in a bit of pub grub to finish off your day at Newcastle Diggers Club.
Where: Hunter Street Outlets 175 Scott Street Newcastle NSW

 

Gallipoli Legion Club

Friendly staff, Gallipoli Legion Club - Newcastle
Friendly staff, Gallipoli Legion Club – Newcastle

The Gallipoli Legion Club are famous for their ability to put on some great ANZAC Day entertainment. With doors opening from 5am you can make this your meeting spot before the dawn service at Gregson Park or come for the full continental breakfast at 6:30am, which is the perfect tasty way to start your day after an early rise.

Located off Beaumont Street, The Gallipoli Legion Club was officially opened in 1955 by Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Morshead and has since become a place where locals love to have a good time and a few drinks. Choose between an afternoon of live bands and entertainment from 12pm to 6pm or find a seat near a bar and enjoy the ANZAC day footy clash which is also a great ANZAC Day tradition.
Where: 3-5 Beaumont St Hamilton NSW


How will you be spending your ANZAC Day in Newcastle?

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