Children to speak at Gordonton’s Anzac service

Children from Gordonton, Horsham Downs and Puketaha Schools will be the official speakers at this year’s Anzac Day service in Gordonton.

“They will read out poems and excerpts from letters from the diggers that have connections to this area,” says event organiser and St Mary’s Church Vicar David Smithson.

A good turnout is expected at the community service, which takes place on Thursday 25 April, from 10am.

“We want people to come along, regardless of what the media are saying – we carry on regardless with this special community event.”

The morning will include the local Rolls of Honour, laying of wreaths, singing the national anthem, the Last Post and prayers. It is to be followed with a community lunch – bring finger food to share.

Space will be available for photos of memorabilia and photographs.

The Gordonton cenotaph was one of the first built in New Zealand to commemorate those from the local district who died in action and served in World War One. The Anzac Day service helps bring their stories alive for those now living.

“It’s very special to have something right here, in our local community.  We look forward to seeing people on the day,” says David.

  • Gordonton’s Anzac Day service begins at 10am, Thursday 25 April, at the Hall and Cenotaph.  It is organised by David Smithson and Sue Shepherd.


Number 8 Network shares these photos from previous Anzac Day services.  All photos by Annette Taylor and Iris Riddell.

Anzac Day 2014





From last year’s service.



Dawn, the Cenotaph.




Anzac Day 2013


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