Tyalgum to have own Lone Pine
IT'S just over three months since ANZAC Day, with more than three months to go until Remembrance Day.
But today Australia's Gallipoli Diggers will be remembered in a special ceremony at the back of the Tweed Valley.
Just after the official opening of the 97th Tyalgum Diggers Sports Day, senior local RSL member Reg Worthington will plant a lone pine seedling beside the local sportsfield.
The Diggers Sports Day was begun by ex-servicemen from the Boer War (1899-1902) then continued by diggers from the two world wars and since 1989 has been run by community volunteers.
Mr Worthington yesterday said the tree planting would remind younger generations attending the sports day of the sacrifice made by Aussie troops at Gallipoli.
It was at Gallipoli where a lone pine gave lead to the naming of one of the bloodiest battlefields, and seeds from descendant trees have been planted around Australia.
"The lone pine was eventu- ally mowed down by bullet fire, but one cone was brought back to Australia and from that, various seeds have been grown," he said.
Organising committee president Michelle Van den Broek said this year's sports will feature the little cowboy and cowgirl competitions.
Boys and girls aged 5-12 years are invited to dress up in their best cowboy and cowgirl outfit and vie for great prizes from Currumbin Sanctuary, Seaworld, Dreamworld and Birch Carroll and Coyle plus "the honour of being Tyalgum's new royalty after being crowned with their first cowboy hat and sash".
organisers are hoping budding bards will put pen to paper and enter the annual bush poetry competition (amateurs only).
Categories are open for junior and senior primary, junior and senior high school and the open adults.