ONLOOKERS took advantage of the new multi-storey car park in Murwillumbah to get a bird's eye view of the traditional Murwil- lumbah Anzac Day main service on Saturday.
The ceremony grew in attendance numbers from last year as an estimated 2000 people gathered to pay their respects at the Cenotaph in front of the Murwillumbah Civic Centre.
Murwillumbah RSL president Derek Sims said it was a beautiful ceremony.
“We have to thank the Council for the use of their grandstand. I couldn't believe how many people watched from up there,” Mr Sims said.
Mt St Patrick College students Justine Christini and Nikki Core were the masters of ceremony.“This was there second time doing it and they did a wonderful job once again,” Mr Sims said.
“When we first started incorporating schools into the ceremonies four years ago they were the first to do it.
Mr Sims commended the large presence of school children at the ceremony.
“Considering it was a Saturday and they were still on holidays it was rather impressive,” he said.
“They were a compliment to the school, their parents and the entire town of Murwillumbah.”
More than 500 people were present in the half-light of dawn for Murwillumbah's Anzac Day dawn service, which began with a march at approximately 5.20am.
Murwillumbah East Public School music teacher Beth Brooks also became the first person to sing to the audience in Murwillumbah during the dawn service with a stirring rendition of Abide With Me. She returned to sing the National Anthem at the main service.