Anzac Day and Wellington Show make for big week

Wellington has a very busy few days ahead of it starting with Anzac Day this Thursday.

Anzac Day is also a very important day for the nearby villages of Mumbil, Stuart Town and Geurie. 

It is particularly pleasing that, despite the fact that the centenary of the Anzacs landing at Gallipoli on this day in 1915 is rapidly approaching, Australians are still paying tribute to those who selflessly gave up their lives on the battlefield so that we could have the freedom we have today.

I know that the people of Wellington and the surrounding district see Anzac Day as one of the most important events of the year and long may that continue.

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Hot on the heels of Anzac Day, the Wellington Show Society holds its annual show this weekend.

Wellington’s annual show always attracts plenty of visitors to town and being just a day after Anzac Day local tourism operators should have enjoyed a period of increased trading.

Wellington’s show this year is a couple of weeks earlier and therefore the weather can be expected to be a little warmer and hopefully that will attract a bumper crowd.

From sideshow alley to the ring events in the main arena or the array of displays in the pavilion, local shows provide an outlet for those with a competitive streak and are great social events and provide a great day’s entertainment.

I wish all exhibitors at the show every success and thank the committee for the work they do in presenting this year’s event.

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Right now 21 students are in the midst of the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Rekindling program at the Burrendong Recreation Centre.

Bangarra’s Youth Program Director Sidney Saltner has been looking forward to taking the students on a journey of storytelling and Aboriginal Dance that concentrates on tales from Wellington that have been handed down from generation to generation.

At the end of the camp this Saturday the people of Wellington will get the chance to see what these students have achieved at the camp when they present a performance for the community.

This is an exciting time for the 21 students participating in the Rekindling Program and their end of camp concert should be an event that everyone in Wellington should make an effort to attend.