Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Long March; Barry Re-Enacts Diggers' Walk for Charity

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Long March; Barry Re-Enacts Diggers' Walk for Charity

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Byline: DOMINICZIETSCH dominic.zietsch@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT'S not every day you see someone dressed like an Australian soldier from World War I walking along the busy Pacific Highway; however, this is what motorists driving between Woolgoolga and Grafton might have seen on Saturday morning.

That someone was Coffs Harbour man Barry Gracey, 56, who on the weekend completed another 20km stage of his 150km walk to raise funds for the town of Pozieres in France, which each year a at its own expense a holds a ceremony for the Australian soldiers who lost their lives in a nearby battle in the First World War.

For the walk, Mr Gracey dons a replica World War I Australian Army uniform and walks the exact distance marched by the Anzacs travelling from Paris to Pozieres in the war.

Due to a recent triple bypass, Mr Gracey attacks the 150km in smaller stages and Saturday saw him walk 5km out of Woolgoolga, with Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker in tow, before completing the rest of the journey to Grafton by car, walking a final 1km down Prince Street to Memorial Park at 11. …

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