Saturday 22 April 2017

HMAS Newcastle arrives in port approx 12noon

  • Departing Wednesday 26 April. 

Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony

  • Time: 5pm - 6pm
  • Location: Strzelecki Lookout and car park, Shepherds Hill, Memorial Drive
  • Toilets: Not Available
  • Parking: On-street and Bar Beach car park
  • Public transport: Train to Hamilton Station and bus 201, 310 or 320 to Bar Beach

This year, Australian Army Band, Newcastle under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major David Harvey to present the second sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

The ceremony will proceed as follows:

  • Introduction by MC Ken Fayle who will give a brief overview as what a Sunset Service represents and its origins.
  • Flag orderlies will take position.
  • Drummers will march out.
  • Army Band will march out.
  • Pipe Band march out.
  • The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe & Drums play “Hector the Hero.”
  • • Bands perform “Highland Cathedral followed by “Amazing Grace”
  • • Bands play Abide With Me
  • • Bugler - Major David Thompson – playing “Sunset”, for the lowering of the flag.
  • • Piper plays lament.
  • • Bands march off to muffled drums.

Sunday 23 April 2017

Lighting of the Anzac ETERNAL Flame

  • Time: 4pm - 5pm
  • Location: Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
  • Toilets: Nobbys SLSC and event toilets onsite
  • Parking: Horseshoe Beach car park, Nobbys car park No. 2, Wharf Road, On-street, Bolton Street parking station
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton station and Bus 110 to Newcastle station.

The flame represents life and maintaining a flame continually alight represents eternal life because a flame has no 'body'. Its use symbolises the spirit of those who have died.

With a flame’s fluctuation the image of a living thing is maintained, yet because a flame is easily extinguished, it also represents the fragility of life.

The Newcastle Anzac Memorial Flame will be lit from the Anzac Torch, one of only 22 in Australia. The Flame will burn from 5pm on Saturday night until approx 12noon on ANZAC Day. Members of the public are invited to attend and if they wish, lay a tribute in memory of family or friends past.

Anzac service at Christ Church Cathedral 

  • Time: 6pm

Monday 24 April 2017

Freedom of Entry Parade - HMAS Newcastle

  • Where: Hunter Street Mall, Scott St, Darby St and King St
  • When: 10am - 11am,
  • Toilets: Cnr Hunter and Perkins St
  • Parking: On-street, Bolton St Parking Station and King St Parking Station
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton Station and Bus 110 to Civic or Newcastle Station
  • Short term closures: 6am – 11am
  • Hunter street at Newcomen Street, Wolfe Street, Perkins Street and Brown Street
  • Perkins Street at King Street
  • Wolfe Street between King and Scott Streets
  • Hunter Street east of intersection with Merewether Street
  • Brown Street between King and Hunter Streets
  • Scott Street west of Newcomen Street
  • Darby Street at Laman St, detour left into Laman Street from Darby
  • Darby Street at Tyrrell St, left turn only into Darby St
  • King Street between Darby and Auckland Sts

Order of Service

  • HMAS Newcastle crew and Navy band members will form up at the corner of Hunter Street Mall and Perkins Street.
  • Parade start with inspection of Officers and crew by Lord Mayor accompanied by Commander Mark Sirois.
  • The march will proceed west along Hunter Street, south in Darby Street then west into King Street, turning left into Civic Park halting in front of the Centotaph.
  • Commander Sirois will place a tribute on behalf of the ship and crew.
  • Last Post
  • Minute Silence
  • Reveille
  • National Anthem
  • Parade march off, dismiss.

Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil

  • Where: Memorial Grove Civic Park
  • When: 5pm - 7pm,
  • Toilets: Civic Park, Cultural Centre and City Hall
  • Parking: On-street Civic car park and Gibson Street car park
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton Station and Bus 110 to Civic Station

Order of Service

  • Lighting and placement of candles 5:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Service commences: 5:30pm
  • Welcome

Gerry Bailey, Chairman, Memorial Grove Preservation Group, will welcome all to the service and offer a tribute to the Unknown Soldier.

  • Prayer of Remembrance and Peace Reverend Vincent Wall, Newcastle Baptist Tabernacle
  • Tribute Presented by Callum Barnes (Playing John Grothen). Accompanied by Charlotte Boulus (Narrator) and Sian Filip (Assisting) from Hunter School of Performing Arts; will deliver a tribute to John (Jack) Grothen - Number 427 Driver 6th Brigade Aust. Field Artillery.
  • Service of Remembrance Stephen Finney OAM JP

Master of Ceremonies Stephen Finney will lead the Ode of Remembrance.

They went with song to the battle,

They were young, straight of limb, steady and aglow;

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.

  • Last Post Bugler Fletcher Haigh, Hunter School of Performing Arts
  • Reverent Minute of Silence
  • Reveille Bugler Fletcher Haigh, Hunter School of Performing Arts
  • National Anthem
  • Benediction Reverend Vincent Wal

Tuesday 25 April 2017

ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • Where: Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
  • When: 5am - 6am 
  • Toilets: Nobbys SLSC, onsite event toilets
  • Parking: On-street, Bolton St Parking Station, King St Parking Station, Griffiths Park Stockton.
  • There are park and ride services operating from 3.30am in the city centre.
  • Public Transport: NSW Trains, Newcastle Buses and Ferries and Newcastle Taxis will be running additional services for the ANZAC Day  events.

The Dawn Service will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper. The service will conclude at approximately 6am with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.

In keeping with tradition there will be a controlled blackout of the site prior to the Dawn Service.

Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.

Large LCD Outdoor Screens will provide coverage of the Dawn Service.

Order of Service

  • War Veterans’ Assembly Point: Access Road to Horseshoe Beach
  • Assemble: 5.05am March off: 5.10am
  • Master of Ceremonies: Ken Fayle
  • Band: Australian Army Band (Newcastle)
  • Choirs: Waratah Girls Choir and Waratah Male Voice Choir
  • Theme tape: Time to Reflect Sounds of War
  • Hyme: God Save the Queen
  • Welcome: Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes
  • Blessing and prayer: The Very Reverend Stephen Williams, Dean of Newcastle

Hymn: Abide With Me

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,

The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide;

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, Lord, Abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day,

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;

Change and decay in all around I see;

O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy Cross before my closing eyes,

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;

Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee,

In life, and death, 0 Lord, Abide with me.

  • Eternal Flame: Legacy President Gary Gent passes to Bobby Carter, St Phillips Christain College
  • Flanders Field Poem
  • Ataturk Poem: Master of Ceremonies Ken Fayle

Hymn: The Recessional (performed by Band and Choir)

God of our fathers, known of old; Lord of our far-flying battle line –; Beneath whose awful hand we hold  –; Dominion over palm and pine –; Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet; Lest we forget, lest we forget.

The tumult and the shouting dies –; The Captains and the Kings depart: Still stands thine ancient sacrifice; An humble and a contrite heart; Lord God of Hosts be with us yet; Lest we forget, lest we forget.

Far called our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire; Lo, all our pomp of yesterday; Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!; Judge of the Nations, spare us yet; Lest we forget, lest we forget! -Kipling.

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