Damp and cold doesn't keep crowds away from third annual event.CHALPAT SONTI May 7, 2014 3:43am
The weather didn’t play its part but there was still an encouraging turnout at the third Seymour Military Heritage Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Several hundred people, with plenty of out-of-towners, made the trek to the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park on Saturday, where they were treated to exhibitions, re-enactments and music from the Pacific Belles vocal trio and 4th/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment band.
Other highlights included a Seymour military history presentation featuring everyone from the Light Horse Troop to the US Army and expertly narrated by Tallarook-based military historian Tim Whitford, as well as various guns being fired.
While the Saturday program was affected by showery weather, rain earlier in the week forced the Mitchell Shire Council to close off parking, meaning most people had to park at Chittick Park and catch a bus to the venue.
The forecast rain for Saturday also meant the cancellation of the fireworks display to end the night.
Mitchell Shire councillor Rhonda Sanderson opened the event on Saturday.
‘‘The Seymour district has long been a centre of training and preparation for our country’s soldiers — from the Troop of the Victorian Mounted rifles, which formed and trained in the surrounding hills in 1887, to today’s modern facilities at Puckapunyal,’’ she said.
‘‘The Seymour Military Heritage weekend, continues to draw together an inspiring range of dedicated military groups and volunteers — bringing an important part of the township’s history to life.
‘‘Through their vision and commitment, and despite the weather, or any other obstacles, this weekend was made possible.
‘‘Today is a celebration of the sites, equipment and spirit, that make our piece of military history, unique.’’
On Sunday two full bus loads toured various military-themed sites in and around Seymour and Puckapunyal, with Mr Whitford narrating and some expert commentary from Ross Gregson, Lieutenant Sean Connelly and Tony Crook.
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