Newcastle stands to attention in honour

SOLEMN CEREMONY: The Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.

SOLEMN CEREMONY: The Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.

MORE than 40,000 people are expected to converge on Nobbys Beach for the Anzac Day 2017 dawn service. 

The commemoration is one of the largest in Australia, with the beachside location providing a fitting backdrop to commemorate 102 years since the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.

The 5am service – an earlier time than most Australian dawn services – will be one of many scheduled Anzac Day services and activities across Newcastle.

"Anyone who has attended the Nobbys Beach dawn service can attest to how solemn and truly moving it is," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

"The vast number of people of all ages who attend this service – as well as other commemorations throughout Newcastle – reflects the enduring significance of Anzac Day in our community. 

"It is recognition of our servicemen and women who have served their country, those who gave their lives in conflict and those who continue to serve in Australia's armed forces."

HMAS Newcastle's full complement will join the morning march from the Hunter St mall to Civic Park, stepping off at 9.15am.

The march to Civic Park cenotaph will be followed by the 10am united commemoration service.

An estimated 25,000 people line the streets each year for the morning march, while around 15,000 attend the united commemoration service.

With the large number of people coming into the city centre for Anzac services, there will be road closures and changes to parking arrangements, with additional transport services provided. 

Free parking will be available at various parking stations in the CBD and Stockton area with free park and ride shuttle services to the staging area.

Fort Scratchley will open to the public on Anzac Day from noon to 4pm.

The site will host a troop of Scouts the night prior to Anzac Day, and will fire its guns at the conclusion of the dawn service, and at 1pm and 3pm.

Newcastle Museum, open Anzac Day from 10am-5pm, will honour local servicemen and women with a field of crosses bearing 750 of their names.

Various Anzac Day-related activities are also planned for this weekend.

The second annual Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony will begin at 5pm on Saturday , with the Australian Army Band and the City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band listed to attend.

A blessing of the Eternal Flame, symbolising the spirit of those who have died in war, will take place at Camp Shortland from 4pm-5pm on Sunday, and a commemorative Anzac Day service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday evening from 6pm.

On Monday, crew from the HMAS Newcastle will take part in a Freedom of Entry march through the city from 10am.

A separate War Memorial Grove candlelight vigil will be held from 5pm at Civic Park.

For more information about the city's Anzac Day events visit http://newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Explore/Things-to-do/ANZAC-Day

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