Anzac Day dawns in city

Hundreds of people attended the Invercargill Anzac Day Dawn Service at the cenotaph.

FROM Bluff to Te Anau, Southlanders observed Anzac Day under a rainy sky.

Several dawn services were held throughout the region, including in Te Anau and Invercargill, both of which went ahead with hundreds of attendees despite the weather.

Hundreds of Invercargill residents paid their respects by attending the dawn service at the Invercargill Cenotaph.

A sea of umbrellas filled the space and spilled on to the surrounding streets.

Among them were David (67) and Molly Muir (65), of Invercargill.

Mrs Muir said they attended every year.

“David’s father was in the war.”

While there was no service last year due to the lockdown, Mrs Muir said she took part by standing at the end of her driveway before work.

Riverton, Bluff and Winton RSAs also held services.

Both a dawn service and mid-morning service were held in Riverton and RSA president Paddy Lewis said while numbers were down, there was still a good crowd for both.

Winton RSA ex-president Allan Batt said there were about 500 people at the dawn service, about half of whom had umbrellas.