Free concert on Anzac Day

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Organisers of an Anzac Day concert at Waitaki Boys’ High School hope for a huge audience.
“We want it to help bring people to the school,” past pupil Allan Portis said.
He and his colleagues from the Old Boys’ Association believe the Hall of Memories, built in honour of former pupils who served in World War 1, should be open on Anzac Day. To encourage people to visit it, they have enlisted the skills of baritone Richard Bowering, soprano Wendy Eckhardt, and pianist June Cameron to perform from 1.30pm.
Further incentives are free entry and afternoon tea following the concert.
This is the second year the Old Boys have put together an Anzac Day event. Last year’s commemorated the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. This year is the centenary of Oamaru’s Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown earning the Victoria Cross for bravery in battle. He was killed in France on October 1, 1916.
Songs from the World War 2 era will also be presented, and last year’s head boy, multiple-award-winning piper Angus Liddell, will play the bagpipes.
A contingent from HMNZS Toroa would be present, poppies would be handed out to people at the concert, and Mr Portis hoped white crosses would be laid out on the quadrangle, he said.