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ANZAC Day 2020

The suggestion by the National RSL Executive that ANZAC Day be observed at home by family members holding a lighted candle at 6am in front of their homes and, where musicians were available, playing the bugle calls, received an enthusiastic response from many Australian families.

The following members of CNL Brass organised letter drops in their street, advising neighbours of their intention, at 6am on ANZAC morning, to:
Recite The Ode, play The Last Post, observe one minute’s silence and play Reveille,
Doug Hoepper: Garden Suburb
Bruce Fletcher: Mount Hutton
Jack Leckie: Coal Point
David Walker OAM: Warners Bay
Vic Mills: Belmont North
Bobby Paquet: Maryville
Phil Herron: Thornton
Marcus Holdsworth: Buchanan
This Remembrance was well-received by neighbours.

Jack Leckie invited Garry Highfield, trombone player (Kahibah Brass Band) and Brendon Jones, euphonium player (Newcastle PCYC Brass Band) to form a Trio. They included two traditional Hymns, the Recessional and Abide with Me, in the Service. Kevin Carter, a neighbour and Vietnam War Veteran, recited The Ode.

ANZAC Day 2020

Top Left: Jack Leckie, Garry Highfield and Brendon Jones; Top Right: Bruce Fletcher; Bottom: Vic Mills playing the Last Post, with neighbours

Both Jack and Bruce received Thank You cards from their neighbours for organising the Service. Other Band Members unable to play the bugle calls, stood in front of their homes in silent tribute.

Doug Hoepper also played the bugle calls for the Service held by Garden Suburb Nursing Home at 2.30pm on Friday 24 April.

Allan Shaw

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