George Town RSL welcomes return of bofor guns

BIG GUNS: George Town RSL sub branch president Don Mackrill, vice president Vincent Davis and members Alec Dunstan and Barry Whitemore. Picture: Scott Gelston

BIG GUNS: George Town RSL sub branch president Don Mackrill, vice president Vincent Davis and members Alec Dunstan and Barry Whitemore. Picture: Scott Gelston

You only need to look at Patrick Dangerfield's first year at Geelong to witness the joy that can be spread when a big gun returns to its hometown. 

So when George Town RSL's two Bofors guns returned from refurbishment works on Tuesday, it's no surprise sub-branch president Don Mackrill was pleased.

Having been restored from “a state of disrepair” by Haywards, the guns were hoisted into their new home at the Max Harris Memorial Reserve early Tuesday morning, sitting atop platforms constructed by George Town Council.

Mr Mackrill said a Department of Veterans Affairs grant and a number of generous donors had helped fund the $8000 refurbishment project.

“It's looking absolutely magic and I'm over the moon with the end result – it’s taken us probably the best part of 14 months to put it all together,” Mr Mackrill said.

“They will be dedicated at Remembrance Day - one will be dedicated in the name of the late Athol Geale who was the last surviving Kokoda veteran in Tasmania.”

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