Sing Along to Old Favourites on Anzac Day

8 April 2011

Relive the '40s at the Wellington City Council tribute concert to the servicemen and women of the First and Second World Wars - taking place on Anzac Day (Monday 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 Manager Lauren Fantham says hundreds of people go to the concert every year, where they get to hear old favourites such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Mack the Knife.

"It's a great way to round off the day of remembrance," says Lauren. "And an increasing number of people are coming along to the other Anzac Day events - particularly the dawn service. It's touching to see Wellingtonians of all ages coming together to collectively remember their forebears - some of whom went through extremely turbulent times all those years ago."

Anzac Day begins with a dawn service where the public are invited to march to the Cenotaph with war veterans. People wanting to go along should be at the corner of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay at 5.30am sharp.

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 will also be a VIP service at the National War Memorial on Buckle Street. Members of the public can view this on a big screen at Memorial Park. The service will also be broadcast live by TV1 at 10.30am.

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 also be viewed after the service.

Admission is free for all of the above events except for the concert. Admission is $5 through Ticketek. If booking a ticket online or by phone, the booking fee is $8.50. If you are low on cash but still want to go, try to buy tickets in bulk with other people going to the concert. This should keep the cost of tickets at around $5. People can also buy tickets from the Ticketek office at the Michael Fowler Centre on Wakefield Street - their booking fee is $1.