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GYMPIE RSL Sub Branch president Ivan Friske thanked his committee and the Gympie community for making Anzac Day 2010 an amazing success.

Mr Friske said despite the disappointment of having to cancel the Commemoration Service at Normanby Hill Remembrance Park because of wet weather, the rest of the day ran like clockwork.

He said he was particularly impressed with the amount of young people attending Anzac Day services in the Gympie Region.

“The numbers at the Dawn Service were on a par with last year, but there were more people at the march then I had ever seen,” Mr Friske said.

“Over 300 people turned up for the luncheon including war widows and service and ex-service men.

He said the numbers were down for the Lighting of the Flame ceremony on Saturday due to the wet weather.

Mr Friske paid special thanks to Captain Trent Groves, son of Gympie man Joe Groves, for travelling from Townsville to Oakey, then Brisbane, before Gympie to be an official service representative at the Gympie RSL Anzac Day ceremonies.
 

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