Members of the National Servicemen’s Association, or Nashos as they are affectionately known, have started arriving in Bingara ahead of this weekend’s annual Reunion.
Festivities begin on Friday night with a welcome function at the Bingara Returned Services Club, where, no doubt, some regular visitors will again boost numbers in the Friday night Darts competition. The traditional march up, then down Maitland Street will start at 11.00am followed by the Memorial Service. A luncheon and reunion will follow.
Nashos will also take part in the National Servicemen’s Service at St John’s Anglican Church and a roast lunch at the RS Club will complete the weekend.
Some of the Nashos have been coming to Bingara since the first reunion, organised by the late Ken Bilsborough, who wanted Bingara to be a meeting place so that people who met while undertaking National Service in the 1950s and 60s could reestablish friendships and keep in contact.
Ken was assisted by his wife Lucy, who has continued the organisation of the event following Ken’s death two years ago.
Ken would, no doubt, be thrilled to see the tradition continue.