FRESH LOOK: Chris Penglase and Paul Lancaster from the Yeppoon RSL celebrate the opening of the clubhouse after its renovation.
FRESH LOOK: Chris Penglase and Paul Lancaster from the Yeppoon RSL celebrate the opening of the clubhouse after its renovation. Chris Ison

Out with the old and in with the new at Yeppoon RSL

THE Yeppoon RSL was greeted with plenty of familiar faces on Friday night when it officially reopened its doors after months of construction.

Local councillors, members and good friends of the RSL were excited to see the new refurbishments inside and out, as the club committee wanted to give their patrons a great place to meet and network as a central hub in the local community.

President Chris Penglase said with new rooms, bathrooms, a bar, freezer room, upgraded kitchen and computer room, they were able to offer better facilities and access for years to come.

"We've got a room out the back now set up for computers where the old blokes can learn computer skills and things like that," he said.

"We've had great feedback from the community since the opening last week and look forward to hosting the Remembrance Day service gathering here."

The public are invited to come and take a look at the transformed space today after the Remembrance Day service which starts at 10.30am at the Yeppoon Cenotaph in Beaman Park.

At 11am on November 11, 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years' continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November, the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.



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