Gallery/Video: Anzac Day marked in Ipswich town centre

The Anzac Day parade from the Cornhill in Ipswich on Sunday led by the Ipswich Piping Society

The Anzac Day parade from the Cornhill in Ipswich on Sunday led by the Ipswich Piping Society - Credit: Archant

Thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died during the First World War’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign have been commemorated on the centenary of the offensive in Ipswich.

Pipers from the Ipswich Piping Society led the parade from the Town Hall in the Cornhill to St Mary-le-Tower Church in the town centre on Sunday afternoon.

Dignitaries including Ipswich mayor Bill Quinton and deputy mayor Hamil Clarke took part in the procession to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

During an Anzac service at the church, wreaths were laid in memory of the Anzac forces.

Following the service, the parade returned to the Corn Exchange for refreshments.

The Ipswich Hospital Band provided a concert of Anzac music during the reception.

Earlier, a light buffet lunch for Anzac guests of honour was served in the Town Hall.

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