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Huge turnout for Australia Day celebration at Cronulla

Update

Spectacular fireworks capped off another successful Australia Day celebration at Cronulla.

The 9pm show went ahead after the council received approval from emergency authorities.

The entertainment continues on Monday with the Shire Vibes concert, starting at 3.30pm.

Update

A huge crowd has poured into Cronulla for the Australia Day entertainment by the beach.

A brief shower of rain and a forecast thunderstorm, which fortunately did not eventuate, were no deterrent.

The Leader's chief photographer John Veage captured all the colour and fun in a gallery above.

Below is a video of the national anthem being sung in both English and Dharawal by the Sutherland Shire Schools Choir

Update

Sutherland Entertainment Centre was abuzz as 168 people from 43 countries received Australian citizenship.

Together, they pledged their loyalty to Australia and its people, democratic beliefs, rights, liberties and laws.

Recipients included Richard Hedley, of Cronulla, who moved to Australia from New Zealand 20 years ago.

Mr Hedley said he finally took the step because his mates at Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, where he has been a member for 10 years, "kept geeing me up".

His wife Yvette said, "He is more Australian than I am with his budgie smugglers and surf patrols".

Earlier

Many people were up early to stake out good positions for Australia Day celebrations in Sutherland Shire.

Australian flags were flying as picnic tables and other spots were claimed for afternoon and evening entertainment in Cronulla Park.

Other early birds were setting up at Shelly Beach.

Mainly blue skies and the absence of smoke haze provided the setting for a great day.

The entertainment at Cronulla beach gets under way at 1pm and ends with fireworks at 9pm, subject to approval by emergency services.

The Menai district celebration at Blaxland Oval, Illawong, starts at 4pm.

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