Hundreds return to ghost town Acland for Anzac Day

ON ANZAC Day, hundreds of people will gather in Acland, the Darling Downs town with a population of one.

The town has slowly had its occupants move out due to the New Hope coal mine.

Last year, more than 200 people attended the service at Acland's war memorial.

Organisers have said the memorial itself was at risk, and the strong numbers at Anzac services have saved it from the New Hope development.

"Had the Anzac Day service in Acland not increased in attendance we'd be having it down a pit," local farmer Merilyn Plant said.

"Anzac Day in Acland symbolises the solidarity and the fighting spirit, history and people of this town, a history that the community honours, defends and celebrates every Anzac Day."

The Anzac Day celebrations will begin with a military fly past at 9.25am, followed by a service from 10am to 11am, followed by a smoko in the park.

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