RESIDENTS turned out in droves for Australia Day services across the Rochester district on Thursday.
Strong crowds descended on Elmore and Rochester to make the most of the occasion including sampling barbecue breakfasts, catching up with old friends and, above all else, toasting the nation.
About 250 people flocked to the Australia Day Breakfast at Lions Park in Rochester.
There was food galore and the community certainly showed Australia Day was here to stay.
Australia Day ambassador Ann Peacock acknowledged the community involvement and thanked all the volunteers and community who keep up ‘‘that country spirit’’.
The Rochester and Echuca car clubs showed off their magnificent vehicles and the Rochester branch of the Ulysses Motorbike Club displayed their collection.
Cr Leigh Wilson was also at the celebrations and spoke about the future of the town and commended the camaraderie of the community.
The scouts raised the flag in a ceremony typically done at Rotary Park, but this year it was moved to Lions Park and combined with the breakfast.