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No more . . . After three successful Anzac in Action events, which included battle re-enactments from World War 1, the event will not be held next year. PHOTO: BRIAN HIGH

STAFF REPORTER

Anzac in Action is no longer.

Geraldine Anzac Commemorations Trust chairman Max Millar, announced that after running three popular Anzac memorial events over four years, the trust had decided to take a break.

The commemorative one-day event, which was first held in 2014, expanded into a two-day affair in both 2016 and 2018, marking the beginning, middle and end of World War 1.

The events included realistic live battle simulations by members of re-enactment clubs from around the South Island.

Mr Millar said a key part of the success of the trio of events was the inclusion of community groups from Geraldine and the wider Mid and South Canterbury areas who volunteered in a variety of ways.

“We feel that we achieved what we set out to do which was to educate our young people about the sacrifices of war, remember those who gave their lives for us and to offer families an affordable event where they got to spend time together learning, enjoying and sharing.”

He said about 5000 people had attended each event.

Some funds had been retained from the events and so, after organisers decided there would not be an event in 2020, they would be giving the remaining funds to the Geraldine RSA, as well as to two community projects – the proposed Geraldine Community Medical Centre and the proposed Geraldine multi-purpose turf and community hub.

“[We felt this] would be a very fitting way to give back to the community that has supported the event.”