Anzac Day in Ballarat: Sturt Street march

THOUSANDS of people lined Sturt Street to cheer for servicemen and women in this morning's Anzac Day march.

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Clapping, cheering and a few tears could be seen in the crowd as veterans made their way from the RSL on Lydiard Street to the Sturt Street Cenotaph.

Among the large crowd was Andrew Macleod and his young family.

Mr McCleod said it was the first time he and his family had attended a march, adding it was his 5-year-old daughter, Jenna, who wanted to come.

"She's been learning about it in school and was really keen to come," he said.

"It has been a beautiful morning." 

One of those marching today was World War Two veteran Bob Pywell.

The 89-year-old has marched in Ballarat every year since 1949.

He said it was a special day to commemorate his mates, living and dead.

"There's a lot of mates who didn't come back and this is for them," he said.

"The service was a great place to make friendships."

Mr Pywell said he was looking forward to a beer and a catch-up after the march.

"That's an absolute guarantee," he said with a laugh. 

At 11am a commendation service at the will begin at the Cenotaph.

MC Bruce Roberts will kick off proceedings before mayor Joshua Morris makes a welcome speech.

The Sing Australia choir are also set to perform.

Refreshments and two-up will be held at The George Hotel from 1pm.