Dr John Griffin (Tweed Heads/Coolangatta RSL) and Justine Elliot at Jack Evans Boat harbour. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Dr John Griffin (Tweed Heads/Coolangatta RSL) and Justine Elliot at Jack Evans Boat harbour. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Gallipoli landing sure to impress

PREPARATIONS are ramping up for a Gallipoli landing re-enactment in Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads to mark the Anzac centenary this year.

Tweed Heads Coolangatta RSL secretary Dr John Griffin said the re-enactment would use four surf boats manned by 40 local surf club members dressed in replica First World War uniforms.

He said the men involved would be the same age as many who went to Gallipoli.

"It should be truly spectacular because it's going to be 4.30am on the day - about the time they started landing in Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915," Dr Griffin said.

Dr Griffin said a sound and light show would help to create a sense of what that fateful morning was like for the soldiers.

"This is but one aspect of a four-year war that took millions of lives and disrupted the world," Dr Griffin said.

"It gives an opportunity for a snapshot in time for our youth to have a look at what their forebears did, that has allowed us to live the life we do today."

Richmond MP Justine Elliot said $53,000 was going towards the re-enactment, which was expected to attract "thousands" and would be the main Anzac centenary event for the electorate.

Each electorate had $125,000 in federal funds to mark the event.



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