The ANZAC flame is lit for the first time at the Hervey Bay RSL - district president Bill Taylor at the start of the Wide Bay district annual conference. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
The ANZAC flame is lit for the first time at the Hervey Bay RSL - district president Bill Taylor at the start of the Wide Bay district annual conference. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Anzac flame on the way to North Burnett

THE living spirit of the Anzacs will pass through the North Burnett in November.

The Anzac Flame, one of 20 such torches in Australia, was lit at the recent RSL Wide Bay and Burnett District Conference.

The flame will be passed throughout the district's RSL sub-branches - taking it from Gympie, north to Gladstone and as far inland as Gayndah.

Wide Bay and Burnett District president and director of RSL Queensland Bill Taylor said the torch symbolised the living spirit of the Anzac.

"The flame represents the Anzac spirit and spirit of Australians," Mr Taylor said.

"In every RSL club there is a light or a torch that never goes out, which represents the ongoing spirit of the Anzacs, but this one will be a travelling eternal flame."

Gayndah RSL Sub-Branch secretary Craig Fothergill said he expected the flame to visit Gayndah and Biggenden in November.

A simultaneous visit by the Army band, with a dinner dance and concerts for Biggenden and Gayndah school children was being planned.

Mr Fothergill said the branch was given two further reasons to celebrate at the conference.

"Gayndah Sub-Branch won the 2014 Encouragement Award for the Best Small Sub-Branch in the Wide Bay and Burnett District," he said.

"We were also successful in receiving a grant for a retaining wall along Jacob Moerland Close driveway (next to the RSL villas)."