Bellarine marks ANZAC Day

April 29, 2021 BY

Flag bearers Roger Marklews, Doug Pearce and Richard Barry at the Ocean Grove dawn service. Photos: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

ANZAC Day on the Bellarine was a muted occasion this year, with much smaller services than usual.

Commemorations in Barwon Heads were cancelled entirely, and services in Ocean Grove, Portarlington, Queenscliff and Drysdale started much later than usual, with priority in the marches given to RSL members and their relatives, as well as retired or serving members of the defence forces.

Brendan Nicholls from Clifton Springs plays the bagpipes in Ocean Grove.

Ocean Grove was one of the few places to hold an actual dawn service, with the crowd limited to a maximum of 1,000 people at both the dawn and commemorative services, and the march was restricted to veterans and first responders only.

The Drysdale service took place just before the Drysdale v Portarlington seniors match.

As well as a march that ended at the Drysdale cenotaph, there was also a short service at Mortimer Oval, just before the start of the traditional ANZAC Day BFL match between the Drysdale and Portarlington seniors.

 

World War II veteran Geoff Welsey at Drysdale.

 

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