WWI centenary statue unveiled at Gisborne

Commemorations marking the centenary of World War I were taken to another level at Gisborne, where a life-sized bronze statue of a soldier was unveiled at the town’s cemetery on Friday.

About 300 people gathered for a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine.

Gisborne Cemetery Trust spokesman Doug McArthur said the intricate statue was a fantastic addition to the area.

“We’re very happy with it and the feedback has been all positive,” he said. “It’s just fantastic.”

The 15-month project was completed with the support of Gisborne RSL and received funding from the federal government and other groups, including Gisborne Football Club, which raised money during this year’s Anzac Day clash.

The statue, which is set on a granite plinth, is near a lone pine planted in the grounds in April.