Whangarei Leader : November 25th 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wewill not forget By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE HUNDREDS of voices reminding us of the price of peace will be the backdrop of next year’s Field of Remembrance ceremony. Singers from across the district are needed to help make history, as Whangarei commemorates 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign. School students are to lay 600 crosses in Laurie Hall Park, while a piece of music set to the diaries of World War I veteran LieutenantColonel William Malone is played. The piece, Remembrance, by composer Anthony Young, was commissioned in 2010 and is performed by a public choir accompanied by Whangarei Brass Band. Malone died in combat in 1915 and was an outstanding officer at the time of his death. Each cross laid is then personalised by veterans’ friends and family over the month leading up to Anzac Day, which is expected to draw a crowd of thousands. Choir conductor Shane Burns is seeking choristers to fulfil his brief – 100 Years, 100 Voices. Burns says he is seeking at least 100 singers and wants to hear creaky 80-year-old voices come together with the sweet sopranos of children – and all those in between. The Field of Remembrance is a relatively young tradition and Mayor Sheryl Mai says the ‘‘stars have aligned’’ for the occasion. The ceremony will include the unveiling of the new Laurie Hall Park War Memorial, which includes names of Whangarei fallen not on the previous memorial. ‘‘It gives me goose bumps thinking about it, I can only imagine what [the ceremony] will be like,’’ she says. RSA past president Archie Dixon says those who participate are ‘‘the guardians of remembrance’’. ‘‘One of the things we can lose sight of is that we are INSIDE Mini bikers Racers do school proud – P10 Sailing away Whangarei-built tugs en route to Dubai – P15 History-makers needed: Conductor Shane Burns is seeking singers to play a central part in next year’s Anzac Day centenary commemoration, along with, from left, RSA past president Archie Dixon, Northland Community Foundation manager Ros Martin, Whangarei Brass Band musical director Frank Lundberg and Mayor Sheryl Mai. Photos: ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE of Remembrance, by Anthony Young at whangareileader.co.nz – click Latest Edition. making history. When people look back, they’ll look at what happened the day the new memorial was unveiled,’’ he says. ‘‘We want to try and make the wider community of Whangarei understand what it’s all about.’’ Burns says singers do not need to be experienced, but will need to commit to about eight weeks of rehearsals starting in February, 2015. Contact email@example.com, 435 6559 or 022 435 6559 for more information on joining the choir. Listen to an excerpt Jamie Garrick Back for concert – P17 E-EDITION Stars aligned: Navy ceremonial guards keep vigil around the Field of Remembrance, with war veterans watching on, during this year’s Anzac Day. Have you checked out the Whangarei Leader’s e-edition? It’s an electronic version of the paper, available via the internet. If for some reason your print version hasn’t been delivered, or if you are away from home on holiday or business, the e-edition is an easy way to stay in touch. It’s free of charge, visit whangareileader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition in the blue bar under the masthead.
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