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Horsemen show respect

Peter Hatton, mounted on his trusty steed, at the Polocrosse Nationals Anzac memorial service.
Peter Hatton, mounted on his trusty steed, at the Polocrosse Nationals Anzac memorial service. Georja Ryan

YOU could have cut the air with a knife at Morgan Park yesterday as eyes stared into the oblivion and hearts melted into one minute of silence.

Solemn emotions filled the atmosphere as more than 500 polocrosse players and as many spectators gathered around the memorial stone to remember those who fought, and are still fighting, for this country.

RSL Warwick Sub-Branch president John Skinner said the Anzac ceremony at Morgan Park oozed with a unique and special atmosphere.

"It is really special for us that so many people would come together here for this memorial service," Mr Skinner said. "The fog created a tingling atmosphere too, which is just so special."

As the clouds of fog drifted across the polocrosse fields, children, parents, riders and crews listened to heart-warming prayers read by RSL chaplain Barry Kelly.

Mr Kelly said he was impressed by the number of people who attended the ceremony to pay their respect.

"Everyone was so well dressed, they just looked amazing," Mr Kelly said.

One polocrosse player who was pleased with the service was Asha Maguire.

Ms Maguire plays for the West Australian side, and said having such a lovely service was the perfect way to remember the Anzacs, even across the other side of the country.

"It's really exciting and good to experience it with all the other polocrosse players," she said.

Past president and life member of the Warwick Polocrosse Club Ken Shepherd opened the ceremony, Scots PGC College piper Tamar Stanfield-Roche played the bagpipes and Brendan Babington from the Warwick City Band played the bugle, making it a ceremony to remember.

Topics:  anzac day, john skinner, rsl warwick sub-branch


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