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Gympie's centenary dawn services see record crowds

Craig Warhurst

RECORD crowds turned out to commemorate the 100 years of Anzac this morning at Gympie's Dawn and Commemoration Services.

President of the Gympie RSL Sub- Branch Frank Bontoft said he was extremely pleased with the number of Gympie people who got up early to pay their respects to our war dead.

Mr Bontoft said he thought there was somewhere close to 3000 people at the Dawn Service behind Memorial Lane but other officials estimated the crowd to be closer to 5000.

"It's the biggest I have seen," Mr Bontoft said.

"The crowds get bigger and bigger every year."

The large numbers caused a mini traffic jam in Gympie and held up the start of the Commemoration Service at Normanby Hill Remembrance Park.

At one stage a line of traffic stretched from the park, across Normanby Bridge to the lights at Gympie Central.

Gympie RSL Sub-Branch president Alan James addressed the record crowd at the Commemoration Service to thank them for their patience and apologise for the delay in proceedings.

He said the increased traffic and large numbers of people at the Dawn Service meant the sound technician couldn't get to the park to set up in time.

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