Singleton's Anzac Day services return to Burdekin Park

Anzac Day services will return to their 'home' in Burdekin Park this year.

The eternal flame

The eternal flame

BACK HOME: This year's Anzac Day services will take place in Burdekin Park.

BACK HOME: This year's Anzac Day services will take place in Burdekin Park.

For the past few years, first the main service, was moved to the Civic Green and then the Dawn Service was moved to the same venue.

The reason for the relocation of the main service was the impact on visitors and the cenotaph from Burdekin Park’s flying fox colony.

Their presence made holding any event in the park virtually impossible, in fact, last March Singleton Council was forced to close the facility as large number of bats had destroyed many of the trees and created a very dangerous environment.

Council were eventually able to clean-up the park during winter including removing the damaged trees.

Today the the park has far fewer bats and this means the 2017 services can be held safely back with its symbolic cenotaph.

The Dawn Service commences at 5:30am and is followed by a breakfast arranged by the Singleton RSL Sub Branch at Singleton Diggers, York Street.

Breakfast is supplied free of charge for service and ex-service personnel.

This is followed later in the day by the main Anzac Day March.

The march commences in Hunter Street at 10:30am for service, ex-service personnel and senior school students and will proceed down John Street into Campbell Street and then in George Street before finishing in Burdekin Park.

Organisers have requested that everyone arrives by 10:15am.

Junior schools will join the march at Baileys Union Park.

Singleton’s RSL Sub Branch are hoping as many people as possible can attend the services especially the school students who join the march and make it such a special event.

Following the march and service there will be a luncheon held at Singleton Diggers in York Street starting 12:30pm

Tickets are available from the club at a cost of $35 each.

For those keen on a game of two-up the Royal Hotel in George Street will be hosting games from noon.

The hotel will be opening its doors at 5:00am for those who would like to grab breakfast after the Dawn Service.