LAST year more than 2500 Aussies and Kiwi’s living in London attended an especially moving Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian and New Zealand War Memorials in Hyde Park. Another 5000 lined both sides of the Cenotaph in Whitehall for the 11am march and 2000 packed Westminster Abbey for the special Anzac Service.
The services are expected to swell to even greater numbers in 2009 with the 25th falling on a Saturday.
5.00am: Dawn service – Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park Corner. This service is open to the public and is a non-ticket event lasting approximately 40 minutes.
11.00am: Wreath laying service and parade — The Cenotaph, Whitehall. The High Commissioners for Australia and New Zealand lay the first wreaths at 11.00. This is a non-ticket event. Attendees are advised to carry photo ID for security checks. Arrival before 10.30 is recommended. Ex-servicemen and women are welcome to join the parade. For entry tickets and joining instructions please use contact the Australian High Commission.
12.00 noon: Commemorative service – Westminster Abbey. Complimentary tickets are required to attend this service. They can be obtained via a booking form on the Australian High Commission website. Tickets are restricted to four individuals per application. The service lasts approx one hour and you are required to be seated at 11.30.
For further enquiries see www.uk.embassy.gov.au