Hunter student drama honours Vietnam military service

Lambton High students perform in the Newcastle Combined Schools Service yesterday.
Lambton High students perform in the Newcastle Combined Schools Service yesterday.

SACRIFICE and solidarity took centre stage at the Civic Theatre yesterday as Hunter students paid their respects to Australia’s Diggers.

More than 1400 students from Newcastle’s independent, public and Catholic schools packed the theatre for the Newcastle Combined Schools service.

In its 58th year, it gives students a chance to honour military service before Anzac Day, which falls in the school holidays.

Yesterday’s service followed the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, representing their work through a dramatic performance by Lambton High School students.

Upper Hunter’s Warrant Officer 2nd Class Brian Walsh’s life was detailed in the performance.

Warrant Officer Walsh was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in combat about six weeks before he was killed in June 1969.

Hunter veterans Lester Bootes and Ian Kuring, who attended yesterday’s service, said the imaginative dramatic pieces had been particularly moving.