Did you have to do marching practice when you were at school? We did. Left, left, left right left. But it didn’t matter how many times they marched us around the oval yelling at us, we were never going to be in time.
Mind you these were also the times when we had to stand at ease during assembly every morning until we had to suddenly jump to ATTENTION, when a teacher yelled at us to do so. Snap our skinny little legs together, arms straight by our sides. Then we’d file into class where we’d all face a picture of the queen and sing God Save The Queen.
I’m sure my kids think I’m lying when I tell them that. Mind you it was a lot easier remembering the words to God Save The Queen than it is the lyrics of Advance Australia Fair. It’s almost painful sitting through a school assembly these days and listening to the children mumble and fumble their way through that one.
But back to the marching. We always had marching practice before school sports carnivals. Athletics and swimming. Because there were points up for grabs for the best team marching effort. Our teams were named after rivers. I was in Castlereagh. We were red. I think the others were Namoi, Bogan and Macquarie. Who’d want to be in Bogan these days. Maybe they changed it.
We’d also practice our marching before the ANZAC day march. Because back then school kids marched at the ANZAC service. These days they only seem to do it under threat of having their mobile phone taken away or something.
This leads me to a photo of your hometown. Well it was something like that. I think it was a photo of the town you live in but I’d need a helicopter to do that. And anyway I’ve been sorting through photos and I found these one’s of Papa’s which are much nicer.
So here we have the ANZAC parade. As you can see we had very wide streets. I’ve never seen a town with such wide streets. And usually pretty dry. Although not always as you can see in the bottom few photos. Same main street. I wasn’t around for the flood. The bottom photo is Nan and Papa’s street. They lived right down the end on the right.