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Takapuna marks Anzac Day

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Pictures: Kathryn Nobbs

Young and old joined forces in Takapuna on Anzac Day to honour those who served. North Shore Brass and Harbour Voices accompanied the solemn commemorations, while students from local schools laid wreaths and gave readings.

On the march… Led by Squadron Leader Alex Koppenaal, former military personnel head the parade down Lake Rd to the Takapuna War Memorial on the Strand, where a crowd gathered for addresses

RSA helpers… Mary-Jane Clarke (left) and Anfisa Trekhelb collect donations for poppies and programmes, helped by Anfisa’s sister Kira (4), with her own bucket.

School’s tribute… Takapuna Normal Intermediate students (from left) Lachlan Raybould, Yina Zheng, Annabelle Isa and Sienna Nicholls with a wreath.

A member of the Cenotaph Guard provided by number 6 North Shore Squadron Air Training Corps, with the Harbour Voices choir at rear.

Flag duty… Air Training Corps member Tyler Matairangi.

Double act… Commander Muzz Kennett’s salute happened to be echoed in the swimsuit shop behind him. Below: Victoria Da Silva from Carmel College reads a poem.

Above left: Lynn Brown with her father and fellow Takapuna resident 97-year-old former US Navy serviceman George Uhe, and (above right) Ray Kwok with his daughter Summer.

Showing respects… Elected representatives (from left) Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member Mel Powell, North Shore MP Simon Watts, Auckland councillors for North Shore ward Richard Hills and Chris Darby and board member Peter Allen. Board member George Wood is partly obscured at rear.

Floral tributes… Wreaths being laid by Harry Goddard (above left) and Anzac Sandrey of Takapuna Primary School), Westlake Boys High School head boy Matt Young (above right, top), and Westlake Girls High School’s Emily French (above right, bottom)

Heads bowed… Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chair Toni van Tonder (left) and Takapuna Grammar School head girl Brodie Crowther, who read a prayer.

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