Relive the '40s at the Town Hall on Anzac Day

13 April 2010

It's back - the Wellington City Council tribute concert to the servicemen and women of the First and Second World Wars takes place on Anzac Day (Sunday 25 April).

'We'll Meet Again' kicks off at 7.00pm at the Town Hall, featuring Anzac Day favourites such as The Beat Girls and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Swing Band.

The Council's Events Coordinator Lauren Fantham says it's a nice way to round off the day.

"Most people who come to the concert have been up since the crack of dawn at various outdoor events. This is a nice cosy way for veterans to remember their friends, for families to remember their forebears and for all of us to collectively remember those who fought overseas during both world wars. While it's almost 100 years since Gallipoli, the demand for events like these remains strong," says Lauren.

As is customary in the Capital, Anzac Day begins with a dawn service where the public is invited to march to the Cenotaph with war veterans. Those who are keen to go along should make sure to be at the corner of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay at 5.30am.

Later that morning, there's the Citizens' Service. It starts with a short parade from Hill Street into Molesworth Street before a 9.45am service at St Paul's Cathedral. Following that, there's wreath-laying at the Cenotaph at 10.20am.

There's also a series of talks and recitals at the National War Memorial on Buckle Street between 12.30pm and 6.00pm.

Roseneath will hold its own remembrance service at the memorial on Maida Vale Road at 10.00am. Floral tributes will be laid by an Army representative, the Roseneath Residents Association, Roseneath school children and St Barnabas Church. The men who attended the school and churches in Roseneath will be remembered through a Roll of Honour. Stories about them can then be viewed after the service at the Belfry Cafe just up the road.

Admission is free for all of the above events except for the concert at the Town Hall. Admission is $5 through Ticketek. If booking a ticket online or by phone, the booking fee is $8. Lauren recommends that if you are low on cash but still want to go, to buy tickets in bulk with other people who are going to the concert.

"That way the cost of the ticket should remain at around $5. If you don't know anyone else going to the concert, buy your ticket from the Ticketek office at the Michael Fowler Centre on Wakefield Street - their booking fee costs only $1," she says.