Stormy weather greets Gallipoli visitors

  • 25/04/2016
Visitors from Australia and New Zealand gather at Anzac Cove to attend a dawn ceremony marking the 101st anniversary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli in the Gallipoli peninsula in Canakkale, Turkey (Reuters)
Visitors from Australia and New Zealand gather at Anzac Cove to attend a dawn ceremony marking the 101st anniversary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli in the Gallipoli peninsula in Canakkale, Turkey (Reuters)

Thunder, lightning and rain are greeting New Zealanders and Australian as they troop in to the ANZAC commemoration site on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

A stormy downpour started at around 7:30pm local time on Sunday as those attending Monday's dawn service made their way to the North Beach site where open-air seating awaited them.

Numbers are expected to be well down on last year's centenary commemorations with one estimate putting the expected crowd at only around 1000.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is New Zealand's senior representative at this year's service.

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