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Townsville turns out in force to commemorate Anzac Day

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A restored fire engine, a state of the art RAAF Aviation Fire and Rescue vehicle, Army trucks and a flashy yellow Isuzu light rig turned heads at Townsville Anzac Day celebrations.

An estimated 25,000 people watched the street parade along the Strand not far from the ocean which started at 9am today.

Men, women and children lined the street which was closed off by police for several hours.

At 5.30am a Dawn Parade at Strand Park was attended by 15,000 people who paid their respects to those Australians who have fallen in conflicts.

Townsville has a population of 200,000 and is a garrison city which is home to the giant Lavarack Barracks Army base and the Garbutt RAAF base.

In World War II the city was home to tens of thousands of American troops when a Japanese invasion was feared.

Anzac Day celebrations there have always been popular however the 2020 event was cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic.

But with restrictions eased people turned out in force and they cheered as soldiers and students marched.

The vehicles were a huge part of the parade and others also held pride of place at similar events around the region.

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