Parade a tribute to yesteryear

By Simon Ruppert

The Devenish community came together on Sunday to host a special Anzac tribute and street parade, which also marked the official opening of their latest silo art.

Respected street-artist Cam Scale returned to the small community in recent months to add to the two silo murals he has already created — a World War I nurse and a modern combat medic.

The third silo mural is a memorial to the lighthorsemen who served Australia, many of whom came from Devenish.

The special event was organised by the Devenish Silo Art Committee and chair Kevin Mitchell said he was delighted with the turn out.

‘‘We had high expectations and the day fully met them,’’ Mr Mitchell said.

‘‘They were a very respectful crowd and we think there would have been about 2500 people there.

‘‘The new mural got wide acceptance from everyone and it has complemented what Cam has already painted really nicely.

‘‘The artist himself is very happy with it, and that’s important.’’

The day started early with crowds gathering from about 10am, and as the town’s main street became increasingly busy those in costume posed for photos while preparing for the parade.

‘‘All the people in costume were really friendly,’’ Mr Mitchell said.

‘‘They loved what they were doing, they said the roar from the crowd was exceptional.

‘‘Many told me they would be going home with great memories from our little town.’’

The parade set off at 11am led by an array of classic cars.

It included one of Australia’s most respected pipe-bands, which is now on its way to Glasgow to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships.

Locals and visitors alike dressed up in World War I era clothing, military and civilian.