HUNDREDS of people attended Anzac Day services in Terang and Noorat on the weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
Despite the weather looking to wreak havoc on the day’s events, attendees stayed relatively dry – apart from a short downpour at the Terang march.
Terang held its first ever Dawn Service at 5am and attracted more than 400 people to the RSL Hall.
Terang College school captains Naomi Attrill and Laura Shaw read out World War I veteran Allie Long’s diary, which detailed the Gallipoli landings, while fellow student Liam King played the Last Post.
Pipe band member Darren Gee played Amazing Grace.
Noorat also held its first ceremony at the new war memorial – erected last week – which also had strong numbers, with more than 200 people attending.
Lakes and Craters Band member Jack Quail played the Last Post, while Noorat Primary School captains Tommy Wright and Sophie Conheady read ‘In Flanders Fields’.
Terang’s traditional ceremony and march also raised a crowd as community members flooded High Street to catch a glimpse of the proceedings.
Corangamite Shire mayor Chris O’Connor was among the guest speakers for the service, along with Mercy Regional College head of learning and teaching VCE Lachie Lee and Terang RSL president Steve Bloxham.
Terang College’s Amy Conheady and Leah Bartlett and Mercy Regional College’s Sondi Guthrie read out their essays, which were chosen by Mr Bloxham, that told of what Anzac Day meant to them.
Mr Bloxham was pleased with the turnout at the services.
“I was overwhelmed to see so many attended all the three ceremonies,” he said.
“The community spirit matched the Anzac Spirit and we’ll be continuing with those ceremonies every year, not just the hundredth year.”
Mr Bloxham has also appealed to any Terang and district residents who had relatives that served in any war to bring photos of them to the RSL Hall for a collage to be put on display for the public.