Gallipoli passes for seven

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 06:34 01/04/2014

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Seven Marlborough people have won double passes to attend next year's commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings, a Government spokesman says.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse said the New Zealand entrants in the Gallipoli 2015 ballot were notified last night.

There had been "overwhelming interest" in the ballot, with 9851 people applying for 950 double passes (1900 places), Woodhouse said. A hundred "special passes" were held back from the ballot to be issued to youth and other representatives at a later date, he said.

"Of the 950 double passes available, 251 (26 per cent) were won by direct descendants of those who fought at Gallipoli, 149 (16 per cent) by veterans, and 550 (58 per cent) by members of the general public."

A spokesman for Woodhouse said seven had gone to people in Marlborough, and 20 to people in the top of the South Island.

Woodhouse said the Government was considering holding a second New Zealand service at Gallipoli in August 2015, and an approach had been made to the Turkish authorities.

Emails were to be sent to all applicants yesterday advising of the ballot outcome with follow-up letters posted in the coming week.

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- The Marlborough Express

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