Kevin Boyd served on the HMAS Hobart. He has played the bugle at the Maryborough dawn service for 63 years and is pictured singing the national anthem.
Kevin Boyd served on the HMAS Hobart. He has played the bugle at the Maryborough dawn service for 63 years and is pictured singing the national anthem. Robyne Cuerel

Bugler has played at M'boro service for 63 years

IN MARYBOROUGH, a warm sun creeping over the trees greeted more than 200 people who attended the dawn service in Queens Park.

The community braved a chilly morning to be a part of a touching service on the 98th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Midway through the service the bagpipes and bugle rang out and the crowd fell silent to remember the fallen.

Bugler Bryce Whitaker has played at the Maryborough service each year for 63 years.

A procession of veterans and community servicemen and women arriving at the cenotaph in the early hours was met with thunderous applause from onlookers.

Many members of the official party commented on the huge amount of people at the service.

Maryborough RSL sub-branch director Paul Branch said it was the biggest turn out in several years.

"I've never seen the crowds this big," he said.

"It was fantastic to see so many people up so early to pay their respects, bloody brilliant."

After the service the procession marched back to the RSL.