British and Irish diplomats pay respects at Anzac Day service in Nairobi

Anzac Day service in Nairobi 2019
Susie Kitchens and Defence Attaché Thornhill at the Anzac Day service in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/susiekitchens

With High Commissioner Nic Hailey on a visit to the Coastal region, his Deputy Susie Kitchens was on hand to represent the UK along with joint Defence Attaché Thornhill at yesterday’s Anzac Day dawn service at the Nairobi War Cemetry.

Tweeting following the service, which Ms Kitchens described as moving, she said: “The Last Post never fails to bring a tear to the eye.”

Australian High Commissioner to Kenya Alison Chartres used her Twitter account to thank both for attending and for “sharing such a beautiful poem” during the service.

Representing the Irish government, Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Doherty laid a wreath at the war memorial during the service.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.

British diplomats Alastair McPhail and Sarah Cooke attended services in Ethiopia and Tanzania respectively.

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