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Tapawera Armistice Weekend – 9-11 November

The Tapawera Armistice Weekend is a three-day event celebrating the end of the World War I. On the 9-11th of November, Tapawera will remember those men who served, those who returned and those who did not.

At the turn of the 20th century a Regional Military Training Camp was established on George McMahon’s farm at Tapawera, 58 kilometres southwest of Nelson. Men from Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay and the West Coast traveled to attend these camps as part of their Territorial training. Most of the men from the Top of the South who served during the First World War passed through the Tapawera Military Training Camp. This year, on the occasion of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice in Europe heralding the end of the War, the Tapawera Armistice Weekend Committee are organising a three day event celebrating the end of the War and the Return Home. From Friday 4.30pm onwards on the 9th of November until 4.00 pm Sunday the 11th of November, Tapawera will come alive with period costumes, vehicles, Bell tents and a variety of activities as this small rural town remembers those men who served, those who returned and those who did not.

More information can be viewed on the website Friday 9th Nov 4pm to Sunday 11th Nov 4pm, there is a variety of activities on offer. Visitors are welcome.

Of note on the Saturday is the Craft Market 10am onwards, will also feature school children singing WW1 songs that anyone can join in. Also on offer Theatre of Peace which is interactive fun games. Films about the war era. Free bus trips on offer, one morning bus trip to Higgins Park ($5 entry fee) and one in the afternoon, trip to Stanley Brook this trip feature the districts early settlers and how the war affected them. Essential to Book online bus trips. That night the local Tavern hosts War Poems and a concert by Andy Dolling & Friends from Golden Bay.
Sunday morning is the RSA Service be there before 9:30am, Army Hut Dedication, a special parade which will feature a restored WW1 era horse drawn ambulance, a horse drawn limber carrying a 9 pounder Armstrong gun. to the Military Training Camp. Of note will be the NMIT students War Exhibit, “Lest we Forget” in Shedwood Hall. At the Camp displays will illustrate ‘what the return’ meant – examining how those who survived came back, what life was like, and the war ‘s impact on NZ and our region. A special Memories Tent will give people the opportunity to share how their family played a part. Programme on line.
Contact organisers [email protected], facebook Tapawera Armistice Weekend 2018 or online

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Contact Name: Susan Fenemor
Contact Phone: 027 522 4009
Contact Email: [email protected]

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