Moree prepares for 25th Annual Allied Forces’ and Nashos’ Reunion
MEMBERS of the north-west branch of the NSW National Servicemen’s Association of Australia are readying themselves for an army of visitors, as preparations for the 25th Annual Allied Forces and Nashos’ Reunion – and second for Moree – march along.
The reunion, organised with the help of the Moree RSL Sub Branch, is expected to attract more than 200 visitors on March 9-10-11, all in town for three days of celebration and remembrance.
The reunion was held in Bingara for 23 years before transferring to Moree for the first time last year, and local branch president Reg Jamieson says next month’s event will again draw members and visitors from across Australia.
“We had the reunion for the first time last year and it was a great success, and we plan for it to be bigger and better this year,” Mr Jamieson said.
“We hope to land a couple of hundred visitors from sub-branches throughout NSW and Queensland and beyond, and they are all booked in for the three days to our local motels, hotels and caravan parks.
“I did my national service in 1952 and we’re all getting a bit of age on us now, but it’s good to catch up with all your friends from way back when . . . it will be very emotional, I think,” said Mr Jamieson, who is also president of the Moree sub-branch of the RSL.
The big weekend includes a meet-and-greet on March 9, a dinner-dance at Moree Services Club headlined by Little Pattie on March 10 and a breakfast and bus tour on March 11.
Members will also march proudly down Balo Street on Saturday morning, March 10.
“We’ll have entertainment from Little Pattie at the Saturday night dinner and at Friday night’s meet-and-greet at the Services Club we will have Max Pringle, a great bush poet from Narrabri,” Mr Jamieson said.
“There will also be a breakfast at the Services Club on Sunday morning before a bus tour around the district to maybe a cotton property and places like the ski park.
“We’ll have buses to pick up visitors from the train station and then we’ll have courtesy buses to pick up visitors for the meet-and-greet, where everyone will get to know each other and tell a yarn or two,” Mr Jamieson said.
“We’ll also have a police escort for the march and the local police have been very helpful in working with us to organise everything,” he said.
Moree Plains Shire Council has also helped out with a $3000 grant to assist with general costs associated with the three-day get-together.
“We are very thankful for that,” Mr Jamieson said.
“And Moree Services Club has also been fantastic, offering free access to all facilities for the whole weekend, as well as supplying a courtesy bus to get our visitors to and from the club.
“Wayne and Kylie Wicks are also helping in a big way, providing a courtesy bus to pick up people who are travelling up for the weekend by train,” he said.
Moree’s two local supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, have also come on board.
“Coles is supplying bottled water, refreshments and food platters for the march,” Mr Jamieson said.
“Woolworths is also helping out and Annie’s Bakery will supply the bread for our Sunday morning breakfast.
“Moree Pipe Band will also supply a piper for both nights,” he said
A fundraiser was also held at Thomas Lee Motorcycles last Saturday, with all money raised donated to the cause.
“The town is helping out in a lot of ways. It is all shaping up to be a great weekend,” Mr Jamieson said.