She says it is not about her, but Alexandra cornet player Christine Wright has become a special part of Central Otago’s Anzac Day services.
Today the Roxburgh Pioneer Energy Brass Band member will play Last Post at four Anzac services – two in Clyde, one in Alexandra and one in Chatto Creek – and over the week she will add an Anzac flavour to other events such as school assemblies, bowls tournaments and gatherings at the Alexandra District Club, where many Alexandra-Clyde RSA members congregate.
Other brass band members will play Last Post at services elsewhere in Central Otago today.
Mrs Wright first played Last Post on Anzac Day aged 13, in Wanaka, and has been playing it at multiple services every year in Central Otago since joining the Roxburgh band in 1996.
But she said her contribution served only to honour the Anzac cause and those who had made sacrifices for their country.
“It’s not really about me. I just go and do my thing and then run away and go back into the background.”
She usually plays Last Post on the cornet, not the bugle, and is often invited to play the tribute at funerals of returned servicemen.
Last year she gave a particularly special performance, ticking off something on her own bucket list by playing Last Postoutside Wellington’s National War Memorial.
Every day for the past four years commemorating World War 1 centenaries, a different member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band or of the public played Last Post at the venue, and Mrs Wright said she was honoured to be one of them.
It was a privilege helping commemorate Anzac Day and people’s wartime service, she said.