Wimbledon Road (near Newbridge) to Bathurst Saturday 31st October 2015

Before the marchers left ‘Bathampton’ they had their photo taken in front of the woolshed, which is on the site of the old woolshed that the Coo-ees stayed t in 1915.

Marchers in front of the woolshed at Bathampton, on the site of the original woolshed where the Coo-ees stayed in 1915 31/10/2015

Marchers in front of the woolshed at Bathampton, on the site of the original woolshed where the Coo-ees stayed in 1915 31/10/2015

The marchers left ‘Bathampton’ at 8am to be taken back to the point where they stopped the march the previous day on Wimbledon Road, and started marching at about 8.30 am.

They stopped at Perthville for lunch.

The marchers arrived earlier than expected at 2.30 pm at Centennial Park in Bathurst, so marched to Bathurst Showground, just as is started raining.

The street parade started from Centennial Park  at 4 pm.   The Scots School Pipes & Drums Band met with the marchers along William Street, on their way to the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.

Scots School Pipes & Drums Band in Bathurst Street Parade 31/10/2015

Scots School Pipes & Drums Band in Bathurst Street Parade 31/10/2015

Due to the wet weather, the RSL Sub-Branch had decided to move the venue for the commemorative service from the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon to the Bathurst RSL Club.

Marchers entering Bathurst RSL Club for the commemorative service 31/10/2015

Marchers entering Bathurst RSL Club for the commemorative service 31/10/2015

The service started at approximately 4.3o pm, and the Mayor of Bathurst, Cr. Gary Rush, welcomed the marchers.

The Mayor of Bathurst, Cr. Gary Rush giving speech at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

The Mayor of Bathurst, Cr. Gary Rush giving speech at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

The Macquarie Male Singers sang several songs from the WWI era, including ‘It’s  a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Mademoiselle from Armentieres’.

Macquarie Male Singers at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

Macquarie Male Singers at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

Helen Thompson gave an account of the Coo-ees’ reception in Bathurst in 1915, and spoke about the three Coo-ees from Bathurst who died while on active service during the First World War.

Their names were displayed today on white crosses in the garden bed with red poppies near the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.

Three white crosses for the three fallen Bathurst Coo-ees at Bathurst War Memorial Carillon 31/10/2015

Three white crosses for the three fallen Bathurst Coo-ees at Bathurst War Memorial Carillon 31/10/2015

The marchers enjoyed a excellent buffet dinner provided by the Bathurst RSL Sub-Branch at the Bathurst RSL Club after the service, before returning to Bathurst Showground for their overnight stay.

 

 

 

One response to “Wimbledon Road (near Newbridge) to Bathurst Saturday 31st October 2015

  1. So Proud of you All

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