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.

Claire, Katherine and Bev Baxter lay a poppy on the girls' gt grandfather's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Claire, Katherine and Bev Baxter lay a poppy on the girls' gt grandfather's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Veterans being saluted as they pass Town Hall on the Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Veterans being saluted as they pass Town Hall on the Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Members of the Vietnam Veterans Association gathering for the Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Members of the Vietnam Veterans Association gathering for the Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Partamedic Baydon Beddoe. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Partamedic Baydon Beddoe. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

SES members prepare to escort veterans in golf buggies in the 2014 Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

SES members prepare to escort veterans in golf buggies in the 2014 Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

SES members prepare to escort veterans in golf buggies in the 2014 Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

SES members prepare to escort veterans in golf buggies in the 2014 Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Veteran Bill Wilkie being in the 2014 Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Veteran Bill Wilkie being in the 2014 Anzac Day march. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

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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.

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat Anzac Day march from the RSL to the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Paul James, David Vendy, Ian and Wayne Lillingston. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Paul James, David Vendy, Ian and Wayne Lillingston. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Les O'Keefe. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Les O'Keefe. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kay Ford finds her husband Ron's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kay Ford finds her husband Ron's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bob and Linda Maika. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bob and Linda Maika. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cadet Tyarna Brookes (Flag Party). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cadet Tyarna Brookes (Flag Party). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Craig McDonald and daughter Laura. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Craig McDonald and daughter Laura. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Commemorative service at Ballarat. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Commemorative service at Ballarat. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Nashos Stan Kellet and Ron Douglas. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Nashos Stan Kellet and Ron Douglas. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

THREE generations  Bill Bahr, Isaac Roberts, Jason Bahr. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

THREE generations Bill Bahr, Isaac Roberts, Jason Bahr. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Noel Brown. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Noel Brown. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ivy Tuppen. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ivy Tuppen. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bevan Snader (RAN) applauds his fellow servicemen and women. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bevan Snader (RAN) applauds his fellow servicemen and women. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bill Wilkie. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bill Wilkie. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bob Thompson. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bob Thompson. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Taking the salute in front of Town Hall. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Taking the salute in front of Town Hall. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Gary Vapp (Vietnam Vets Assoc). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Gary Vapp (Vietnam Vets Assoc). PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Iraq war veteran David Blyth with his grandfather William Bedson. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Iraq war veteran David Blyth with his grandfather William Bedson. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC March 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Luke Antony helps attach a poppy on his gt grandfather, WG McKenzie's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Luke Antony helps attach a poppy on his gt grandfather, WG McKenzie's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Katherine and Bev Baxter. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Katherine and Bev Baxter. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Katherine and Bev Baxter. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Katherine and Bev Baxter. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Mick Kent. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Mick Kent. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Crowds watch on at the commemorative service. Picture: JEREMY BANNISTER

Crowds watch on at the commemorative service. Picture: JEREMY BANNISTER

Penelope Stephen prays during the prayers. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Penelope Stephen prays during the prayers. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC DAY 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC DAY 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Joshua Liston and Ben Martin read the Recitation. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Joshua Liston and Ben Martin read the Recitation. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Guest speaker Neil Pigot. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Guest speaker Neil Pigot. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC DAY 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC DAY 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Marnie and Phoebe McCallum. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Marnie and Phoebe McCallum. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bruce Price (Avenue of Honour Committee Chairman)  PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Bruce Price (Avenue of Honour Committee Chairman) PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

MC Bruce Roberts. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

MC Bruce Roberts. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC DAY 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

ANZAC DAY 2014. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The march towards the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER