In mid-June 2016 the people of the Brightlingsea, Essex, pay tribute to the 10,000 ANZAC troops who trained in the town during the First World War.
The coastal town was chosen as a training base for thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops. The location was ideal for training engineers in bridge building, trench digging and general front line military techniques. The Australian Engineers Training Depot (AETD) was established in Brightlingsea in 1916 and records show that from 1916-1919 nearly 10,000 Anzac troops were stationed and trained in the town and surrounding areas, and there was a significant social and sporting legacy from their presence.
Sadly many of these young men would perish on the fields of France and Belgium. The legacy of these men and their comrades cannot be forgotten, the centenary of their arrival gives us an opportunity to remember them.
Friday 17th June, 7.00 – 10pm
Reception to formally start the weekend’s events.
To be held in a Marquee on the Recreation Ground, canapes, champagne and a preview of the art show.
Saturday 18th June
Afternoon: Carnival procession and Fete. Carnival will have an Australian/New Zealand theme. Art show will also be open.
Early evening: Family music event, with barbeques various food points, eg hot dogs, burgers etc or bring your own picnic.
Sunday 19th June
Morning: Service of commemoration, to include laying of wreaths on War Memorial
Afternoon: Cricket match, Brightlingsea v a team with Australian connections.
For further information contact Margaret Stone 01206 303286 or email: [email protected]