SWAPPING the usual revving and frivolity for a respectful and reserved ride, Dykes on Bikes Sydney took part in a Commemoration Sunday march last weekend ahead ANZAC Day tomorrow.

Riding alongside soldiers, descendants of the fallen, school children, scouts and a marching band, the Dykes on Bikes (DOB) escorted the diggers in a march different to their last one.

Invited to take part by Five Dock RSL, in Sydney’s inner-west, the DOB group were honoured to take part in the commemoration of the centenary of ANZAC.

“We led the parade ahead of time as we did not want to detract from the marching band, we then formed a guard of honour standing in front of our bikes as the march proceeded to the Five Dock Park,” DOB Sydney spokeswoman Mel Kelly said.

“The weather was kind and we were just so pleased to take part.”

DOB members travelled from the south coast, north coast and all over Sydney for the march, donning Australian and New Zealand flags mounted on their bikes. Some members also marched on foot with medals on display.

DOB Sydney president Manda Hatter and vice president Coralie Lester were invited to lay a wreath in the newly-completed Five Dock War Memorial as part of the service.

“No one blinked an eye with our presence or participation in the service, that was really heartening,” Kelly said.

As part of ANZAC Day tomorrow, solemn events will take place in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Townsville in the first-ever official ANZAC commemoration of Australia’s LGBTI service personnel.


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