Live acts at Anzac event

18:39, Feb 26 2014
THE DIVAS: The Drama Queens, Tracey Austin, left, Sharleyne Diamond and Alice Sollis are on the bill at the Geraldine Anzac Commemoration Event.

Preparations for the Geraldine Anzac Commemoration Event at the Rangitata Island Aerodrome continue with confirmation of two live acts.

HQ44 South, who present military re-enactments, have confirmed they will appear at the April 26 event, as have Timaru singing trio The Drama Queens.

The event marks 100 years since the start of World War I, with a display of wartime aircraft, vehicles and machinery included in the day's entertainment.

Venue host Russell Brodie said more planes, including several replica German WWI aircraft and an RAF De Havilland Chipmunk trainer, have been added to an already busy lineup.

More aircraft would be confirmed in the coming weeks and would join his Tiger Moth and a large collection of first generation microlight aircraft.

Event co-ordinator Veronica Pulham asked families with any significant war memorabilia who might be interested in displaying it to contact the events team via the web site -


She said HQ44 South had not revealed exactly which battles they would re-enact, but promised a high level of energy and excitement to wow the crowds.

The Drama Queens are preparing a special show with a variety of songs from the war years.

Organisers also confirmed an exhibition of Austen Deans WWII paintings, some of which were painted while he was a prisoner of war.

Other confirmed displays include a field of more than 2000 hand-made poppies in a tribute to the fallen.

Aviation artist Hayden Lamont will also be exhibiting at the event.

The Timaru Herald