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Tributes were paid to former Australian airmen who were stationed at Driffield during World War Two at the annual Anzac Day commemorations last Friday.

Around 30 people gathered at the town’s Memorial Gardens for a service led by the Rev John McNaughton.

Coun Barbara Hall, one of the organisers of the commemorations, said the sadness was two-fold because people were not only remembering crewmen who were lost during the war, but also veterans who have passed away recently because of their increasing age.

But she said the intention was to carry on holding the annual commemorations for as long as possible.

She said: “We were worried there might not be enough people to support it this year but there were plenty. It’s important to keep these memories alive.”

Readings and prayers were interspersed with hymns, including The Airmen’s Hymn, God Save The Queen and the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair.

Music was provided by the Driffield Silver band, whose member Daryl Dexter played The Last Post. Mayor of Driffield Heather Venter was also in attendance as were standard bearers, including from The Royal British Legion and The Royal Naval Association.

Next year more Australians are expected the attend the service because it is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, which is the particular occasion which the day commemorates. The landings were the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC Day, which is on 25 April each year, is said to be Australia’s most important national occasion. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

 

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