Holbrook’s Anzac invasion

THE size of the Holbrook Anzac Day march will be dramatically larger tomorrow with visitors from around Australia and overseas in town for centenary of submarines celebrations.

Organisers said 250 visitors would join the 80 regulars for the Albury Street march to the cenotaph from 10.45am.

The march will kick-off three days of activities.

Holbrook Submarine Museum committee chairman Roger Cooper said it would be a huge weekend with some visitors from England and Canada.

“Anzac Day is always the most important,” he said. “The march is going to be tremendous.

“An extra 250 people makes it a pretty big event for a place the size of Holbrook. There is not a spare bed and people are staying as far out as Culcairn and Woomargama.”

Holbrook RSL sub-branch will hold its Anzac Day dawn service before the submarine celebrations hit top gear on Saturday.

A commemoration for Australian submarines with particular recognition of Commander Norman Holbrook’s Victoria Cross from service in the Dardanelles in 1914 will be held at Submarine Park from 10am.

An exhibition honouring the efforts of World War 1 submariners and the launch of the book titled The Crew of AE1 will follow at the Submarine Museum.

The All Submariners reunion dinner-dance will be held on Saturday at the Holbrook Sporting Complex with the Royal Australian Navy Band to perform.

A ceremony, as part of the NSW centenary of Anzac commemoration, will be staged at 2pm on Sunday.

The area near Submarine Park, known as the Circus Flats, will be renamed as Gallipoli Victoria Cross rest area — dedicated to Australians awarded the Victoria Cross for valour during the Gallipoli campaign.

The ceremony has been organised by the NSW Office for Veterans’ Affairs, the federal and state governments, military institutions and Greater Hume Shire.

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