Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association (Inc), held their ANZAC Commemoration Service at the Memorial on the site of the old WW2 RAAF Seaplane Base, Rathmines, on Saturday 25th April at 2pm.
The Service was again well attended by the public, along with representation from Catalina Veterans, serving members of the RAAF, including Wing Commander Nigel Ward and members from RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia, representing (11 Sqdn), Group Captain David Hombusch from RAAF Williamtown, Representatives of the Sunderland Association, (10 & 461 Sqdns.), Toronto RSL Sub-Branch and Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club.
Also participating were the 316 Sqdn. RAAF City of Lake Macquarie Cadets, Toronto Brass, Galston Men’s Choir and Sam Creed playing Bagpipes and Jonathon Smith, the Bugler. The Association extends our heartfelt thanks for their support and attendance.
Wing Commander Nigel Ward, CO 11 Sqdn. RAAF Edinburgh delivered the ANZAC Address, whilst the Pastoral Address was given by Reverend Julie Turnbull, from Toronto Anglican Church.
Mr Greg Piper MP, Member for Lake Macquarie recited the poem “In Flanders Fields” to the accompaniment of Toronto Brass.
At the completion of the Service, a Book Launch of Robert (Bob) Cleworth’s new book, “The Night Shift” was held in the Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club. This was launched by Richard (Dick) Udy, ex Catalina 43 Sqdn..
A presentation of a framed print was also made by the ex South Australian Catalina Association to the RCMPA for keeping in their Museum.