Thousands head into Picton for Anzac Day dawn service

There were doubts an Anzac Day service would be held in Picton this year, but the Picton Anzac Day committee held out hope.

And their patience paid off.

The committee was able to hold an outdoor dawn service and march along Argyle Street to commemorate and honour Australia's service men and women.

Committee chairman Ray Law said the crowd was one of the biggest he had seen in Picton.

"We've seen an unbelievable amount of people here and we are just so grateful for the support," he said.

"There was also a large contingent of current and ex-service men and women here, I think some came from out of area too - perhaps because other areas have had restricted services and marches.

"I think we had about 10,000 to 12,000 people here, which I was quite surprised about, when I arrived in the early hours of the morning there were people already waiting."

The committee were only informed on Monday night that their service and march would be able to go ahead after months of speculation and concerns due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

"We had everything in place and ready to go, we just weren't sure if anything would go ahead," he said.

"But I am so pleased that we could hold the event and the thing bout our little community down here is that we are so respectful of Anzac Day.

"People want to come out and show how grateful they are, and to honour our service men and women.

"I think generally people want to come out and commemorate the day."

Picton High School students were on deck this year providing music and sound for the event.

"These students were working until 9pm last night and arrived at 4am this morning to make sure we had a full band and sound," Mr Law said.

"I really want to thank them, because it's been a tough year, they've just moved into the new school and they still did an absolutely amazing job."

Mr Law also thanked Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith for his work behind the scenes to ensure the event could go ahead.

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