Weather didn’t dampen Anzac Day for Seaham community

The Catafalque party at the Seaham service.
The Catafalque party at the Seaham service.


THE rain may have been falling but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the many attendees of the Seaham Anzac Day service.

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With the heavens opening up, it was decided that the service would be moved from the Seaham Knitting Circle Memorial to the School of Arts hall.

Unfortunately, so many wished to pay their respects that not all could fit into the new venue.

“The venue was very full with people having to stand outside the doors,” Scouts volunteer Lisa Conroy told News Of The Area.

“Seaham scouts made a real difference to those who were unlucky to be outside by providing morning tea including amazing fresh scones with jam and cream and of course tea and coffee.”

After the service was concluded, and the weather improved, wreaths were later moved to the Knitting Circle Memorial.

The Knitting Circle Memorial is located one kilometre east of Seaham across the William River and consists of a ten-metre-tall flagpole and memorial plaque to commemorate the men from Seaham who enlisted in World War One.

It was built thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Seaham Knitting Circle ladies and is thought to be one of very few in the country that was created solely for the soldiers of World War One.

However, the School of Arts hall it must be said, was a fitting rainy weather alternative venue.

The walls of the hall are decorated with items dedicated to the memory of those from Seaham and the surrounding area that served during World War One.

It is fair to say that the township of Seaham will never forget about those who served.

And neither will we.

Lest we forget.


By Rachael VAUGHAN


Scouts Volunteers and special guests.
Scouts Volunteers and special guests.


Members of Seaham Rural Fire Brigade.
Members of Seaham Rural Fire Brigade.

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