Hanna Johnston won best damper and Anzac biscuits.
Hanna Johnston won best damper and Anzac biscuits. John Gass

Patriotism shining bright

“IT'S a day to be decked out in the flag, slap on some zinc, throw a snag on the barbecue, sit back and watch the cricket and throw back a few cold ones.”

This is what Australia Day meant to ex-Tyalgum Public School student Hanna, Johnston who delivered the opening address at the official ceremony at Tyalgum Hall yesterday.

The young Aussie delivered an inspiring message to “be a part of something bigger than yourself”.

“Today I ask you all to take the time to look within yourself.

“Is your mateship shining?” she asked.

She was also the winner of the annual damper and Anzac biscuit competition.

The town received a special performance by Dennis Scanlon who recited his own bush poetry and played the accordion.

“Australians are great because a lot of us, even people living in the cities, still have that bush heart, caring and kind,” Mr Scanlon said.

“There's a quality found in our bushie, you notice right away, the steely strength of the handshake, and the quietly humble g'day.”

Sausages sizzled all morning at Bruce Bartrim Oval.



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