Special service honours fallen

Poignant moment: Bagpiper James Ruddle joined hundreds of pipers across the globe in a special performance marking the centenary of Armistice Day on Sunday.

A SPECIAL Armistice Day centenary service united the Mortlake community during a Remembrance Day service on Sunday.

Mortlake Returned and Services League (RSL) sub-branch president Merv Hampson said more than 80 people attended the 11am service.

“We had a really successful day,” he said.

About 40 community members and residents returned to the Mortlake War Memorial to watch Warrnambool and District Pipes and Drums bagpiper James Ruddle perform at 5pm.

The performance was part of a global event involving hundreds of bagpipers playing simultaneously to mark 100 years since Armistice Day.

Lest we forget: Mortlake P-12 College captain Erin McGuigan and Moyne Shire Youth Council member Jackson Boyden took part in the Mortlake Remembrance Day service.

Mr Hampson said the RSL also planted a ‘Lone Pine’ tree outside the RSL hall to commemorate the centenary.

He thanked the Mortlake community for its support of the town’s annual Poppy Appeal.

“The RSL really appreciates the support from the Mortlake community,” Mr Hampson said.

“Our sales were right up this year.

“They were the best they have been for years and years.”

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