How the CQ Light Horse came to lead the march
FOR A moment there it looked like the First Central Queensland Light Horse Historical Regiment could have been a non-starter in Saturday's historic Anzac centenary event in Rockhampton.
The regiment thought the horses were not welcome and they were set to ride off to Dingo instead.
But fortunately for all involved, there had been a simple miscommunication.
Rockhampton Regional councillor and Anzac Day Committee chairwoman Rose Swadling last night confirmed everything had now been cleared and the Light Horse regiment would lead the way on the weekend.
The first Cr Swadling had heard of any problems was through a text message in yesterday's The Morning Bulletin which read: "The Light Horse (mounted) will not be part of this year's historic Anzac Day parade because the RRC does not want horse droppings in Rocky streets".
The Morning Bulletin yesterday afternoon spoke to Light Horse regiment president Dave Britten who at the time said he was disappointed the horses wouldn't be part of such a huge occasion for the region.
But in the true spirit of this significant Anzac event, Cr Swadling was straight on the phone to Dave to reassure him the welcome mat would be rolled out and the concerns were groundless.
Last night she said the regiment would lead Saturday's march, which is expected to attract thousands.
Cr Swadling and her team have been meticulous in their preparations to make sure the region, which has a strong Anzac tradition, marks the milestone in a fitting way.
After speaking to Cr Swadling, Dave said he was excited to be leading the march.
"We've gone from not being in it to leading it," Dave said.
"We still have a few days of street parades with the Troop Train to go so we'll have to sharpen ourselves up a bit.
"We'll still have a presence in Dingo too."