Record crowds for Geraldton dawn service

Gavin BoxGeraldton Guardian
A record crowd, estimated at between 4000 and 4500, attended today’s Anzac Day dawn service in Geraldton.
Camera IconA record crowd, estimated at between 4000 and 4500, attended today’s Anzac Day dawn service in Geraldton. Credit: Anita Kirkbright, GERALDTON GUARDIAN

Record crowds have turned out for Anzac Day commemorations in Geraldton, according to traffic controllers.

Midwest Traffic Controllers owner John Wheatland estimated crowds for the 6am dawn service were up by about 50 per cent on last year.

“There were between 4000 and 4500 at the dawn service,” he said.

“There were people about 30 metres north of the traffic island at the Chapman Road and Forrest Street intersection.

“People were stacked down Forrest Street and Chapman Road south.”

Mr Wheatland estimated about 3000 people turned out for the Anzac Day march and 11am service.

The dawn service was presided over by Salvation Army Lieutenant Shannon Watson, with speeches from Australian Defence Force chaplain Garry Hamersley and Geraldton sub-branch Returned & Services League acting president Stephen Butler.

Mr Butler spoke about the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba, during World War I.

AROUND THE MID WEST

Anzac Day images from Mid West police/Twitter.

Picture: Meekatharra police
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Picture: Carnamah police
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Picture: Mullewa police
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Picture: Northampton police
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Picture: Perenjori police
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Picture: Kalbarri police
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