Children gather for ‘special service’

Peyton McAuley (left, 1) and Chloe Angland (3), from Barnardos Home-based early learning, place posies at the grave of A. Familton, who is buried in the services section of the Oamaru Cemetery, as part of an annual children's posy-laying ceremony yesterda
Peyton McAuley (left, 1) and Chloe Angland (3), from Barnardos Home-based early learning, place posies at the grave of A. Familton, who is buried in the services section of the Oamaru Cemetery, as part of an annual children's posy-laying ceremony yesterday. Photos: Rebecca Ryan
Children from various social and service clubs gathered at the services section of the Oamaru Cemetery yesterday afternoon to take part in an annual posy-laying ceremony before Anzac Day.

At least 60 people attended and placed flowers on headstones in memory of those who served in various overseas conflicts.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher reads the picture book Anzac Ted - the story of a little boy's teddy...
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher reads the picture book Anzac Ted - the story of a little boy's teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather - to the children.
The oath was recited by Stan Thorn and, after an address, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher (below, centre) read the picture book Anzac Ted - the story of a little boy's teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather - to the children.

''This is a special service for children and it's really good to see so many here,'' Mr Kircher said.

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