WHAT started in his father's blacksmith workshop when he was a child ended in a life-long passion and vital role in yesterday's local Remembrance Day for Rockhampton retiree Dennis Ciesiolka.

The 76-year-old Heritage Park volunteer got together with fellow war memorabilia enthusiast Wayne Wooler to reconstruct four authentic wheels to fit two trophy First World War guns donated to the Rockhampton region in the 60's.

The German artillery pieces sit proudly outside the Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, but up until yesterday were without their vital wheels.

"It took us a while to get the suitable timber because it had to be old seasoned timber which had no shrinkage and no moisture," Mr Ciesiolka said.

"All the angles had to be just right but once we got the first one we did the other three together in less than a week."

Mr Ciesiolka said his passion for war memorabilia and restoration projects started at a young age."My father was a blacksmith and we grew up in his blacksmith shop where there used to be wheels," he said.

Get involved

The Heritage Village is always seeking more volunteers.

Pop on down to Boundary Rd at Parkhurst for more information.



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