Beach service held at dawn

On Anzac Day, 20 people gathered at dawn on Manly Beach to honour those who served, and those who died in war.

The small service was organised via social media and word of mouth by people disappointed that there were no official dawn services on the Hibiscus Coast this year.

Pat Davies (pictured, in uniform) came from Gulf Harbour for the service, wearing his own medals and those of his father. Pat served in both the Royal British and Royal New Zealand Air forces in many recent conflicts, including the Gulf War, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Although he was also going to the officially sanctioned service at the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA, Pat said he particularly wanted a dawn commemoration.

‘We Remember’ was written on the sand with the New Zealand flag placed alongside. Prayers and readings were followed by the playing of The Last Post as the sun rose.