The RSA Taieri Pipe Band perform in a Middlemarch Anzac Day service. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The parade will go on.
The organisers of Middlemarch's Anzac Day service say they
will not be deterred after losing funding.
The Mosgiel Memorial RSA has withdrawn funding for the event
as the nation prepares to mark the World War 1 centenary,
from 2014 to 2018.
Mosgiel Memorial RSA president Sandy Trainor, the chairman of
the Anzac Day committee, delivered the news in a letter to
Strath Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams.
The Middlemarch service was ''a financial drain on our Anzac
committee, sadly one that we can no longer sustain'', Mr
The Mosgiel RSA would not have any future involvement with
the Middlemarch service.
The decision had been discussed at previous committee
But Mr Williams said an Anzac parade in Middlemarch would
The community board would pick up the cost of about $500 to
transport the pipe band and returned servicemen and
servicewomen from the Mosgiel dawn parade to Middlemarch for
a parade later in the morning.
''We will have an Anzac parade in Middlemarch, one way or
another,'' he said.
''We have a beautiful cenotaph memorial and we want to see it
observed as long as we possibly can.''
About 300 people attended the Middlemarch service last year
including many school pupils.
''Attendance is stronger now than when I was younger.
''I've been going for a long time and there's a great
turn-out of the younger ones.''
Mr Williams expects this year's service on April 25 will
attract a large crowd.