Anzac service returns to Lauriston

Gabbie Duckmanton, left, and Beth Begg.
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The Lauriston Hall is holding it’s first Anzac Day service for over two decades and it is thanks to the initiative of a local school pupil.

Year 5 Lauriston School pupil Gabbie Duckmanton decided to organise the service as part her school’s Ready Challenge.

Gabbie said pupils had to compete challenges to earn bronze, silver, gold or platinum medals.

‘‘There are lots of challenges that you have to do and you have to complete them throughout the year,’’ she said.

Gabbie will receive a gold medal for organising the Anzac Day service.

During the service Gabbie will read out a poem and she has helped make the school wreath, she has also advertised the event.

Hall treasurer Beth Begg said they had been doing homework on what they needed to do for the service,

‘‘We’re looking at getting a couple of speakers and wreaths, we’re going to have a couple of people do speeches, our fire chief is ex-army and he will raise the flag.’’

She said a community morning tea will follow the service. ‘‘It’s a way to get together, get the families together again.’’

Beth said the hall is a soldiers memorial hall, ‘‘and we’ve always talked about doing something, but things come and go, so this time we thought this tied in great with Gabbie’s Ready Challenge.’’

Gabbie wasn’t sure if any of her family members served in past wars, but was going to ask her dad.

The Lauriston Hall Anzac Day service starts at 10am.