Large crowds are expected at the district’s Anzac Day services next week.
Marlborough Mayor John Leggett will lead the dawn service in Seddon before joining the Renwick community to attend their morning service. Mayor Leggett will then open the Blenheim service at the war memorial clock tower at 11.00 am.
Deputy Mayor Terry Sloan will lead Picton’s dawn service on the foreshore at the Soldiers War Memorial. Royal Navy Commander Guy Haywood, a representative from the British High Commission and Brigadier Sean Trengrove from the New Zealand Army will attend as guests of honour. Brigadier Sean Trengrove will also give an address.
Royal Navy Commander Guy Haywood will then attend services at Renwick and Blenheim.
Australian Army Lieutenant Matthew Mullins, a representative from the Australian High Commission will speak at the Seddon and Renwick services, and local RNZAF Woodbourne Base Commander, Wing Commander Berni Pothan will give an address at the Blenheim memorial service.
The Picton dawn parade will get underway at 6.00 am. The street closures will include London Quay (from Auckland Street to Wellington Street) and High Street (from London Quay to the intersection of Dublin Street/Waikawa Road/High Street) from 5.00 am to 8.00 am.
In Renwick the service will be held at the War Memorial. High Street, from Inkerman Street to Alma Street, will be closed from 8.40 am to 9.40 am with traffic diverted to an alternative route.
The Blenheim service will begin at 11.00 am but the CBD parade route will be closed for an hour from 10.00 am and the area around the war memorial from High Street through to Alfred Street will not re-open until noon.
The Te Aumiti/French Pass community will unveil their new memorial during their service at 10.30 am at the Te Aumiti/French Pass Hall. At midday the Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere community will hold their first ever memorial service at Homeward War Memorial Hall in Marys Bay.
The community at Ward will hold their service on the eve of Anzac Day, a ceremony where the Mayor will speak, at 2.00 pm on 24 April at the Flaxbourne War Memorial.
The wet weather venue for the Blenheim United Memorial Service will be the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000, Kinross Street, Blenheim.
Anzac Services will be held at:
Wednesday 24 April 2019
- Ward 2.00 pm Ward War Memorial SH 1
Thursday 25 April 2019
Soldiers’ War Memorial at foreshore
Spring Creek Hall
Te Aumiti/French Pass
French Pass Hall
War Memorial, Kaikōura Esplanade
War Memorial Clock Tower, Seymour Square
Sounds Soldiers’ Memorial, Torea Saddle
Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere
Homewood War Memorial Hall, Marys Bay