Parklands heeds the call

Auction and exhibition: Jim Rutherford and artist Terry Avion with the “Sunrise at Gallipoli” painting that will be auctioned on Anzac Day at Peninsula Parklands retirment village, Hastings. Picture: Yanni

RESIDENTS of Peninsula Parklands, Hastings are preparing to commemorate Anzac Day even though age may be wearying some of them.

There are 340 residents at the High St retirement village and last year some of them found it physically hard to attend the town’s official Anzac Day march and ceremonies.

This year they will be at a ceremony in their own community hall, which is also being used to exhibit a display of wartime memorabilia, including medals and a set of World War I cavalry spurs worn by a soldier from Somerville.

Background music from the wartime era will help set the scene along with “original recipe” Anzac biscuits served with tea and coffee.

A “Sunrise at Gallipoli” painting by Parklands’ resident artist Terry Avion will be auctioned to raise money for Hastings RSL’s welfare fund.

First published in the Western Port News – 18 April 2017