WWII veteran Wally Robertson who will lead the Anzac March at Alstonville. Photo: GEMMA-ROSE TURNBULL
WWII veteran Wally Robertson who will lead the Anzac March at Alstonville. Photo: GEMMA-ROSE TURNBULL

All Wally needs is a bit of horse power to lead the march

By MARY MANN

AGE has wearied Wally Roberts' body, but it will not stop the 99-year-old from leading the Anzac Day march at Alstonville today, even if he has to do it in a car.

The World War II ex-serviceman, who turns 100 in August, finds it difficult to get around, so he will be leading the march in a vehicle from the Northern Rivers Vintage and Veteran Car Club.

With a charming grin Mr Roberts said that being chosen to lead the march made him feel special.

"I should have done it years ago," he said.

"I can't walk that well now so I thought they'd get me a quiet horse, but a car is OK."

Mr Roberts will be one of about 300 people taking part in the Alstonville RSL Sub-branch's Anzac Day Dawn Service and march, starting at 5.30am.

He has been a member of the sub-branch for 52 years, 30 of which he spent as secretary/treasurer. His daughter, Olwen King, said family would be travelling from Brisbane to watch him lead the march.

"We are very proud of him, and always have been," Ms King said.

Retired army major Bert Irwin, from Southport, was also going to be a special guest at the service, but died earlier in the week. Treasurer Brian Hill will read his speech for him at the main service,



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