Port Lincoln City Band to play Last Post across town

PLAY: Port Lincoln City Band member Yvonne Low plays her clarinet in front of her house, as she will do on Anzac Day. Photo: supplied
PLAY: Port Lincoln City Band member Yvonne Low plays her clarinet in front of her house, as she will do on Anzac Day. Photo: supplied

Port Lincoln City Band members will join many Australians who will pay respect from their front gates on Anzac Day but will provide their own contribution with a united playing of 'The Last Post'.

Band members, who normally play at the Anzac Day ceremony in Port Lincoln are instead learning The Last Post to play during dawn and are inviting anyone in the community who can play an instrument to join them.

Band president Valerie Staunton said members saw on Facebook there was a movement for people to go out to their driveways to pay their respects on Anzac Day due to dawn services being cancelled.

She said it was also a chance for members to be active and motivated in rehearsing with band practice sessions cancelled.

"It was suggested we learn The Last Post and reverberate The Last Post throughout the community," she said.

Port Lincoln, like other cities and towns across Australia will not have a public dawn service on Anzac Day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Members who play instruments including trumpets, oboes, saxophones and tubas will take part and anyone with an instrument is also encouraged to take part.

Ms Staunton said while band members were practicing for it, anyone who played an instrument was invited to join them.

"If you have a harmonica, a tin whistle, a violin, anything like that if you want to go to your driveway and play The Last Post on Anzac Day that would be sensational," she said.

"The service usually starts at 6.30am so if people can go pay their respects at their footpath at 6.30am they may hear The Last Post from somewhere in their neighbourhood."

Port Lincoln RSL president Peter Linn said he felt the city band's initiative was "brilliant" as it was preferred people did social distancing and paid their respects from their driveways.

"Anything people would like to do so they're not tempted to come down and gather is a good thing," he said.

"The spirit of remembrance doesn't depend on being at the shrine, it's in our hearts."

This year there may not may be a public dawn service in Port Lincoln but a small service will be broadcast live on local radio station 5CC with Mr Linn to lay four wreaths to represent the Army, Navy, Air Force and RSL.

Meanwhile RSL Australia has come out in support of the grassroots movement encouraging Australians to stand at the end of their driveways or on their balconies for a moment of reflection at 6am on Anzac Day.

This story Band unites through Last Post first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.