Dannevirke's Anzac Day concert has become a tradition after just three years, and the Town Hall was packed last week for the show.

Organised by the Dannevirke Community Board and its chairman Ross MacDonald, this year's show raised $860 which has been donated to the Dannevirke and Districts RSA.

"We had 400 people at this year's concert and our donations to the RSA have grown from $660 in year one to $700 last year and now $860 this year, all from door takings," Mr MacDonald said.

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"The concert is becoming more and more popular and a real Anzac Day tradition. I was really impressed with the crowd with upstairs chocka and we had to put out more chairs downstairs.

With a packed programme of top-quality acts, many new this year, Mr MacDonald was aware the concert had run 20 minutes over time, but he didn't think too many people were worried.

"For a gold coin donation it's a great afternoon of entertainment," he said.

Paddy Driver, the president of the Dannevirke and Districts RSA, who read the Ode at the conclusion of the concert, said he was stunned by the generous donation.

"The concert was wonderful," he said.

• See full coverage in Saturday's edition of the Dannevirke News.