Old duffers featured at Tyalgum Digger’s Family Day

A CELEBRATION of Tyalgum's history will be one of the main focuses' at Tyalgum Diggers Family Day.

"It's always been about the community but this year there's a strong focus on history," committee member Eliot Cooper said.

Mr Cooper said a troop of Australian Light Horse bearing lances and swords, would demonstrate their tent-pegging skills as part of the historic day.

Memorabilia from Tyalgum residents who served with the Light Horse, historical photos and banners and a collection of Light Horse artwork will also be on display.

Mr Cooper told My Daily News a number of men from Tyalgum were part of a Light Horse regiment during the First World War. 

"Actually a number of men from the Northern Rivers all served in the same regiment," he said.

"My research showed people from Lismore, Clunes, Burringbar and Murwillumbah were all part of the same group.

Using lances and swords, a Troop of Australian Light Horseman will demonstrate their tent-pegging skills as part of the historic Tyalgum Diggers Family Day on August 17 at the Tyalgum Showground.
Using lances and swords, a Troop of Australian Light Horseman will demonstrate their tent-pegging skills as part of the historic Tyalgum Diggers Family Day on August 17 at the Tyalgum Showground. Contributed

"I imagine they had a bit of barney and a good working relationship.

"It's very interesting."

The day has a lot on offer including a married women's race and an old duffers' race.

The program also includes fireworks at sunset, bush skills demonstrations, a petting zoo, market and food stalls, guess the length of the live snake, sports and novelty events for all ages, vintage cars, laser skirmish, tug-o-war and much more.

There will also be a live band and bar till 10 pm

Weather permitting the day will start at 11 am and run until 10 pm.

The Light Horse demonstration is scheduled for mid afternoon.

Entry is $10 per family or $3 single.

The day has been running since the First World War, and takes its name from donations made to the Distressed Diggers Fund for returned servicemen.

Profits from the day are now distributed to community groups and charities and the event is run entirely by volunteers.

Head down on August 17 at the Tyalgum Showground.



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