Blayney to Wimbledon Road (near Newbridge), then overnight stay at Bathampton, Friday 30th October 2015
The marchers left Blaynyey from near the Blayney War Memorial where they stopped marching yesterday at 8 am, after a comfortable night at Blayney Showground.
Marchers leaving Blayney from near the Blayney War Memorial 30/10/2015
They stopped for lunch at Newbridge.
Marchers entering the gates at ‘Bathampton’ 30/10/2015
They finished the day’s marching at the intersection of Wimbledon Road and Bathampton Road at 3 pm (from where they will continue in the morning), then took the minibus provided by Clubs NSW to ‘Bathampton’ property for an overnight stay in the woolshed, which is on the site of the old woolshed that the Coo-ees stayed at in 1915.
Woolshed at ‘Bathampton’ where the marchers are camping overnight 30/10/2015
The property owner said that a lot of the material from the original woolshed, such as the corrugated iron roof, was reused in constructing the current woolshed on the same site.
Millthorpe to Blayney Thursday 29th October 2015
Following a hearty breakfast provided to the marchers by the Millthorpe Public School P & C, the marchers left Millthorpe Primary School where they had stayed overnight in the school hal,l and formed up at the gates near Millthorpe War Memorial at 8 am.
They were marched out of town by the Canobolas Highland Pipe Band from Orange. The school children waved them off, as they set off to Blayney.
Pipers leading the marchers out of Millthorpe 29/10//2015
The marchers arrived at Blayney at about 10.30 am. The distance travelled was the shorted day of the march – about 14 km.
They formed up at 11.30 am for a street parade to the Blayney War Memorial. School children from three local Blayney schools lined the streets to welcome them, and they then attended a short commemorative service held at Blayney War Memorial, which started at 12 noon.
The Mayor of Blayney, Cr. Scott Ferguson welcomed the marchers to Blayney. Helen Thompson gave a speech on the Coo-ees’ stay at Blayney in 1915, and the men recruited at Blayney.
The President of the Blayney RSL Sub-Branch, Mr Reg Rendell read the Ode. A student at Blayney High School played the Last Post and the Rouse.
Crowd at Blayney War Memorial service 29/10/2015
The marchers then retired to Blayney Show Ground for their overnight stay, and had dinner at the Blayney Bowling Club.