Stuart Town to Euchareena Saturday 24th October 2015
After an overnight stay at Stuart Town School of Arts Hall, the marchers enjoyed breakfast provided by the Stuart Town Advancement Association and Stuart Town RTC/Hall.
The marchers left Stuart Town at 8 am.
During the morning tea break on the road to Euchareena, Mr Ben Penham from Stuart Town entertained the marchers at a Rest Area with his performance of two poems – ‘The reading room’ by Neville Penham, and ‘Lost’ by Banjo Patterson.
The marchers arrived at Euchareena Soldiers Memorial Hall about 12.30 pm.
A short commemorative service was held in the Hall near the Men of Euchareena & District Who Served in the Great War Roll of Honor. A welcome speech was given by Mr Roly Lyons, and Clint Merriman.
A photograph of Miss Mary Lyons, who was one of the local Australian Red Cross ladies who provided cakes to the Coo-ees when they stopped overnight at Euchareena on 20th October 1915, and who also served cakes to the men when they stopped for lunch at Euchareena in the 1987 Coo-ee March as a 90 year old, was on display in the hall. Also on display were some newspaper articles about Miss Mary Lyons, and articles about the Coo-ees at Euchareena in 1915, and the 1987 Coo-ee March Re-enactment.
An assortment of cakes, slices, fruit, tea and coffee, and juice was provided for afternoon tea by the local community, followed by a hearty dinner, which was very much appreciated by the marchers.
The marchers then had a “sing-song” in the hall that evening.
Thanks for the blog, good to read a little of the towns along the way history as well. Also so glad to see them so welcoming and realizing their part in this historic walk.
Love that country hospitality!