Letter – Buckland Anzac Service

 

 

Thanks for the reports on various Anzac Day parades, except there was one glaring omission—Buckland. This little country service (about 150 attend), held with the highway through the village closed off by police is a delightful, intimate occasion, in which everyone feels very much part of it. Andrew Bayly, our local MP, attended this year, poems were read by young school pupils, the arrival of the piper at the start clashed a bit with the singing of the national anthem and the player of the Last Post sounded a few odd notes. So what? It all added to the occasion and gave proceedings a very personal and wonderful feel. It is an interesting contrast to the other, more formal services, which of course do have their place.

Please, next year, do not forget to send a reporter to Buckland Service. I guarantee you and Post readers will not be disappointed.

Philip Hickling, Pukekohe

Editors note: We would have loved to have attended every ANZAC service in the community, but unfortunately, it is just not possible. We were lucky enough to have Ngaire, Darryl and Shiona, volunteer to take photos for us at the Waiuku ANZAC service, while Yana covered the Pukekohe service, and myself at both Tuakau and Pokeno. I also heard that the Awhitu one was quite spectacular, as well as the service at Bombay. We would be most appreciative of those who could assist us if we cannot make the services held in your area. Please feel free to contact us closer to the time if interested. Warm Regards, Emma Sharplin

Photos by Philip Hickling of the Buckland Anzac service.

 


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