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Islington Veterans Associaton: ‘Anzac Day is just as important as Remembrance in November’

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 26 April 2017

Islington Veterans Association and Deputy Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran, right, listen to readings during an Anzac Day remembrance event in Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

Islington Veterans Association and Deputy Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran, right, listen to readings during an Anzac Day remembrance event in Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

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The chairman of Islington Veterans Association admitted he was disappointed that no Australian or New Zealander was present for yesterday’s Anzac Day remembrance.

Standard bearer David Dade lowers the Islington Veterans Association flag during an Anzac Day remembrance event in Islington Green. Picture: Polly HancockStandard bearer David Dade lowers the Islington Veterans Association flag during an Anzac Day remembrance event in Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

The service, at Islington Green, was held to honour those who died in Gallipoli in the First World War.

Dennis Sharrocks said: “The turnout within the association was fine, but we were a bit disappointed that no Australian or New Zealander turned up, as we usually ask one person to lay the wreath. A lady did turn up right at the end, but it was too late.”

He added: “Anzac Day is something that gets forgotten about compared to Remembrance in November. Gallipoli was a big loss of life for Australia and New Zealand, who were fighting on behalf of the British.

Veteran Lilian Reeve, 95, tucks into some traditional Anzac biscuits baked by Fiona MacKenzie. Picture: Polly HancockVeteran Lilian Reeve, 95, tucks into some traditional Anzac biscuits baked by Fiona MacKenzie. Picture: Polly Hancock

“There’s no Islington link to Anzac Day, but it’s still important for us to remember. We make a big point of flying the Commonwealth flag and making sure the mayor – or in this case deputy mayor Cllr Una O’Halloran – is present.”


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