Dorrigo 2017 Remembrance Day and 2018 Armistice planning

Next year, Dorrigo will throw the party to end all parties to mark the end of the war to end all wars.

The community has produced ambitious plans to celebrate the centenary of the armistice marking the end of World War One on November 11, 2018.

It is expected to be a major event in most countries around the world, especially in Europe, the British Commonwealth and the Americas.

The Dorrigo commemoration will be organised by the town’s Sub Branch of the RSL.

Sub Branch, Secretary, Bob Denner, released some details of the centenary plans after Saturday’s Remembrance Day service and wreath laying

 “Dorrigo Plateau residents and visitors will participate in a Service of Remembrance at The Monument in the centre of town,” Mr Denner said.

“Judging by the number of people who turned out today, despite the weather, I expect next year’s centenary service will attract a very large crowd.

 “After the service we plan to close off part of the main street and have a party! Our whole community coming together.

 “This is exactly what happened after the announcement of the armistice.

“Throughout Britain, in cities and villages, residents went out into the streets, set up tables and decorations, brought out food and drinks and celebrated the of end four long years of horror.

“There was, literally, dancing in the streets.

 “This is what we plan to do in Dorrigo.”

 More than 450 Plateau men and one woman served in World War One. Ten per cent of these lost their lives and many more were seriously wounded.

Saturday’s Remembrance Day service attracted a large number of people and was followed by a luncheon.

Among those who attended were two women and two men who served in World War Two.

One of these, Ted Tunley, recently received the Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration for valour.

Mr Tunley, serving with British forces, was part of the D Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944.