The Deniliquin Salvation Army has two reasons to celebrate this weekend, with the church bringing forward its 130th anniversary celebrations to coincide with Easter.
Local Captain Sandra Walmsley said among the Salvation Army worshippers expected to attend the four day celebration are 54 from Sydney — including the renowned Hurstville Salvation Army Band and its Songsters who will perform a concert.
‘‘There are a lot of people coming to join in the celebrations, with others from Melbourne, Albury and Finley, as well as many locals from Deniliquin,’’ Capt Walmsley said.
‘‘We are very excited for the chance to show off the traditional services of the Salvation Army to others, and to show off our beautiful town.’’
The Salvation Army announced its presence in Deniliquin in June 1888 with a street parade led by Staff Captain Cole and several officers playing musical instruments.
After parading for over an hour the group adjourned to their barracks in End St, a leased office building opposite the Exchange Hotel, where it was found there was insufficient room to accommodate the crowd of 300 or so that had gathered and wished to enter.
The Deniliquin Salvation Army will celebrate the milestone with a host of special events and Easter services starting from Thursday.
Timetable of events:
6pm – Passover Feast at the Salvation Army Church hall in Edwardes St. Bookings are essential by calling Capt Walmsley on 5881 8677.
9am – Service at the Church hall.
10.30am – Morning Tea in the Waring Gardens
11am – Stations of the Cross in the Waring Gardens.
11am – Concert teaser in Waring Gardens (Cressy St side).
6pm – Buffet Dinner at Deniliquin RSL Club. Bookings essential by calling Capt Walmsley.
7.30pm – Concert at Deniliquin RSL.
6am – Dawn service at Deniliquin Ute Muster site front gates, followed by bacon and egg rolls breakfast.
10am – Easter Sunday Celebration and 130th Anniversary at the Salvation Army Church hall in Edwardes St. Enjoy the memorabilia display and anniversary cake.