Orange to Millthorpe Wednesday 28th October 2015
The marchers set off from Romani Barracks in Orange at 7.15 am after a hearty breakfast provided by the Canobolas Lions Club. Marching with them today was approximately 20 members of Australia’s tri-service Federation Guard.
The school children from the Spring Hill Primary School lined the street when the marchers marched into Spring Hill about twelve o’clock, then they marched behind them to the Railway Hotel, where the marchers had a BBQ for lunch.
They arrived at Millthorpe around 3.15 pm, and the school children at Millthorpe Public School lined up to welcome when they marched into the school grounds, where the marchers are staying overnight in the hall, and also on the adjoining Redmond Oval.
A short commemorative service was held at the Millthorpe War Memorial at 4 pm. The Mayor of Blayney, Cr. Scott Ferguson welcomed the marchers. Jo Jackett, Principal of Millthorpe Public School, also gave a speech. Helen Thompson gave a speech about the Coo-ees’ stay in Millthorpe in 1915, and about the two men who joined the Coo-ee March at Millthorpe.
The marchers took the opportunity to look at the Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum across the road from the school, which included research undertaken by the school children on the soldiers listed on the School’s WWI honour roll, that has been compiled into a book.
The Millthorpe Public School P & C provided a sumptuous BBQ dinner with 236 chops (in memory of the 236 chops that were provided to the Coo-ees by the people of Millthorpe for breakfast when they stayed overnight in 1915), sausages, salad and buns, then cakes and slices, which was very much appreciated by the marchers, support staff, and the Federation Guard.