Anzac Day Lilydale 1927
North Eastern Advertiser 1927

The celebration of Anzac Day at Lilydale was the most successful yet held. Seven years ago the local branch of the Returned Services League initiated the idea that Anzac Day would be celebrated by a combined religious service in the morning with the rest of the day devoted entirely to the children. They were not content with a local attendance but arranged to include the whole of the children of the municipality and Pipers River and presented a shield for competition between different schools.

From 9 o’clock onward the children began to arrive. The morning train from Scottsdale and Legerwood was overcrowded and motor lorries and other vehicles were filled with happy children.

It is estimated that about 700 were on the recreation ground. The president (Mr E.D.Weston) gave a brief address to the children on the meaning of Anzac Day. At 11 o’clock an open-air service was conducted by Rev. V Gill and Rev. E Thompson. Various hymns were sung and the service ended with a rendition of the ‘Last Post” by Mr V Sellers.

In the afternoon a long and entertaining program of sports was enjoyed with Mr E.D Weston acting as Governor-General. The flag race was keenly contested and resulted in a win for Newnham with North Lilydale second and Lilydale third. The shield was presented by Mr Weston.

The proceedings terminated with a dance and concert in the Druids Hall.

The returned soldiers were congratulated for their efforts. Some of those who rendered valuable assistance were Messrs. F Kelp, R McGowan, R Bardenhagen, E K Bennett (secretary) W Wilson (treasurer) and H Wilson and the ladies committee who conducted the luncheon and cordial booths in addition to preparing and distributing the food to the children.
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