Big turnout for ANZAC Day

THE PEOPLE of Arbroath and Angus responded to an invitation from the New Zealand Society Scotland to attend the annual ANZAC Day remembrance event at Arbroath’s Western Cemetery on Sunday.

The commemoration was co-organised by the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and attracted between 150 and 200 people to recognise the sacrifice made by service personnel of New Zealand and Australia over many conflicts.

The ANZAC address given by Lieutenant Andy Bedford NZ Defence Force at the ceremony on Sunday.

The ANZAC address given by Lieutenant Andy Bedford NZ Defence Force at the ceremony on Sunday.

Each year on April 25 or the nearest Sunday, New Zealanders and Australians join together to remember all ANZACs who served, and to commemorate all who died in war or conflict.

Music was provided by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band. Personnel from 212 Battery RA (V) also took part, as did local cadets.

Members of the Air Training Corps carried the New Zealand and Australian standards.

Guests included Mrs Ereti Mitchell, president, and Peter Hart of the New Zealand Society Scotland; Lieutenant Andy Bedford of the New Zealand Defence Force; Wing Commander Dominic Sims, Royal Australian Air Force; Mr Eric Milligan, New Zealand Honorary Consul; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Colonel Jake Hensman OBE; Depute Provost Councillor Alex King; and senior officials of the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Jeff Smart who played the last post and piper Michael Thain who played the lament at the ANZAC ceremony on Sunday.

Jeff Smart who played the last post and piper Michael Thain who played the lament at the ANZAC ceremony on Sunday.

Colonel Ian Ballantyne, president of Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland laid a wreath on behalf of the branch, Veterans Scotland and the War Graves Commission. Other wreaths were laid by Mrs Mitchell, Colonel Hensman, Mr Milligan, Lieutenant Bedford and Depute Provost Alex King.

As the flags were lowered, a salute was fired on a 105 mm light gun by personnel of 212 Battery.