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Anzac Day: Crowds end long day of commemorations in the streets

Rowdy crowds of Anzac Day observers have filed out of RSL clubs across the nation and into the night following a long afternoon of spirited commemorations.

Many punters were seen looking exhausted on Wednesday night after a day that began with sombre remembrance before beers began to flow and two-up coins were tossed.

Some groups of friends were seen stumbling into the streets and lying on the pavement, while others were forced to be restrained by security guards.

 

Rowdy crowds of Anzac Day observers were seen stumbling into the streets across Australia on Wednesday after a long day of commemorations

Many punters were seen looking exhausted after a day that began with sombre remembrance before beers began to flow

Many punters were seen looking exhausted after a day that began with sombre remembrance before beers began to flow

Some groups of friends were seen stumbling into the streets and resting by the roadside as commemorations came to a close

Some groups of friends were seen stumbling into the streets and resting by the roadside as commemorations came to a close

Others were forced to be restrained in the street by security guards following the day of remembrance 

Others were forced to be restrained in the street by security guards following the day of remembrance 

One man was seen on Wednesday afternoon being whisked away by a pair of security guards following an incident in a Sydney street

One man was seen on Wednesday afternoon being whisked away by a pair of security guards following an incident in a Sydney street

One man was seen on Wednesday afternoon being whisked away by a pair of security guards following an incident in a Sydney street

One man could be seen being grappled by another from behind, before he appeared to attempt to struggle free.

The tussle ended with him face-down and sprawled out on the pavement as concerned onlookers rushed to his side.

He then appeared to be restrained by two security guards, as he remained flat on the ground with his hands behind his back.

Others were seen groping each other’s backsides, dancing with trees and posing for playful selfies with friends. 

One man could be seen being grappled by another from behind, before he appeared to attempt to struggle free

One man could be seen being grappled by another from behind, before he appeared to attempt to struggle free

One man could be seen being grappled by another from behind, before he appeared to attempt to struggle free

The tussle ended with him face-down and sprawled out on the pavement as concerned onlookers rushed to his side

The tussle ended with him face-down and sprawled out on the pavement as concerned onlookers rushed to his side

He then appeared to be restrained by two security guards, as he remained flat on the ground with his hands behind his back

He then appeared to be restrained by two security guards, as he remained flat on the ground with his hands behind his back

Others were seen groping each other's backsides, dancing with trees and posing for playful selfies with friends

Others were seen groping each other's backsides, dancing with trees and posing for playful selfies with friends

Others were seen groping each other’s backsides, dancing with trees and posing for playful selfies with friends

Some people appeared to be exhausted by a long day of commemoration, opting to take up a seat on the curb instead of hopping into a taxi

Some people appeared to be exhausted by a long day of commemoration, opting to take up a seat on the curb instead of hopping into a taxi

One Anzac Day reveller stands beside his friend, as he sits on the curb with a bottle of water, while cutting a dejected figure

One Anzac Day reveller stands beside his friend, as he sits on the curb with a bottle of water, while cutting a dejected figure

But some people appeared to be exhausted by a long day of commemoration, opting to take up a seat on the curb instead of hopping into a taxi.    

Pubs across Sydney were bursting at the seams earlier in the day as people of all ages rubbed shoulders in the two-up circle.

In Sydney’s Rocks precinct, streets were blocked off – cars replaced by bands playing Australian classics and barbecues cooking big breakfasts.

Another man was seen placing his rugby polo shirt back on after taking to the street topless on Anzac Day

Another man was seen placing his rugby polo shirt back on after taking to the street topless on Anzac Day

Another man was seen placing his rugby polo shirt back on after taking to the street topless on Anzac Day

A group of friends were seen posing for some silly selfies earlier in the day as they headed to the pub to commemorate Anzac Day

A group of friends were seen posing for some silly selfies earlier in the day as they headed to the pub to commemorate Anzac Day

One man was seen playfully posing for a selfie as he wrapped his arm around two women 

One man was seen playfully posing for a selfie as he wrapped his arm around two women 

Meanwhile, another group of friends were left sprawled out on the pavement in laughter after commemorating Anzac Day

Meanwhile, another group of friends were left sprawled out on the pavement in laughter after commemorating Anzac Day

Pubs across Sydney were bursting at the seams earlier in the day as people of all ages rubbed shoulders in the two-up circle

Pubs across Sydney were bursting at the seams earlier in the day as people of all ages rubbed shoulders in the two-up circle

Among the throng was Swedish tourist Eleonora Strandh, one of the first to take the spinner’s wooden bat and toss the coins.

‘That was an amazing experience, there were a lot of emotions,’ Ms Strandh told AAP after stepping out of the circle with a fistful of small notes.

‘It’s a bit different I guess,’ she said of the heaving crowd and party atmosphere on a national day commemorating those lost to war.

‘But it feels like it’s very typically Australian, to have a beer with everything else.’

In Sydney's Rocks precinct, streets were blocked off - cars replaced by bands playing Australian classics and barbecues cooking big breakfasts

In Sydney’s Rocks precinct, streets were blocked off – cars replaced by bands playing Australian classics and barbecues cooking big breakfasts

In another crowd a woman appeared ecstatic as she waved a $20 note in the air - her winnings in that round of two-up

In another crowd a woman appeared ecstatic as she waved a $20 note in the air – her winnings in that round of two-up

A man in a bright blue hoodie appeared focused as he flipped his coin high in the air - his companions held their breath as they waited for it to land

A man in a bright blue hoodie appeared focused as he flipped his coin high in the air – his companions held their breath as they waited for it to land

A man in a flannelette shirt appeared to collecting his winnings as a man in a business suit smiled while giving away a handful of $50 notes

A man in a flannelette shirt appeared to collecting his winnings as a man in a business suit smiled while giving away a handful of $50 notes

A woman flipped a coin to a supportive crowd of sailors. She kept her eye on the coin as it soared towards the ceiling 

A woman flipped a coin to a supportive crowd of sailors. She kept her eye on the coin as it soared towards the ceiling 

This woman chose heads and was willing to bet $10 on it as she watched the game from behind the official

This woman chose heads and was willing to bet $10 on it as she watched the game from behind the official

These men appeared to be celebrating in style, one was dressed in a flannelette shirt while his friend opted for a suit

These men appeared to be celebrating in style, one was dressed in a flannelette shirt while his friend opted for a suit

Others were impatient to get to the middle of the circle and close to the coin toss action, squeezing through crowds and waving fist-fulls of cash in front of them

Others were impatient to get to the middle of the circle and close to the coin toss action, squeezing through crowds and waving fist-fulls of cash in front of them

One group stared in anticipation as they awaited the result of the coin toss, as others watched on with drinks in their hand

A man in a flannelette shirt appeared to collecting his winnings as a man in a business suit smiled while giving away a handful of $50 notes. 

It was not just fun for the two involved as others, including a sailor, laughed and watched on. 

In another crowd a woman appeared ecstatic as she waved a $20 note in the air – her winnings in that round of two-up.

One group stared in anticipation as they awaited the result of the coin toss, as others watched on with drinks in their hand. 

A woman smiled and threw her arm up at the excitement, as a man wearing a high-vis vest announced the winners with his microphone.

One man seemed eagerly awaited the coin toss with a five dollar note wedged firmly in his mouth. 

Others were impatient to get to the middle of the circle and close to the coin toss action, squeezing through crowds and waving fist-fulls of cash in front of them.

A woman smiled and threw her arm up at the excitement, as a man wearing a high-vis vest announced the winners with his microphone

A woman smiled and threw her arm up at the excitement, as a man wearing a high-vis vest announced the winners with his microphone

Keen sailors held their money in the air as the coin was tossed, as others gazed around the room waiting for a game to take their fancy 

Keen sailors held their money in the air as the coin was tossed, as others gazed around the room waiting for a game to take their fancy 

A great deal of concentration was on the face of a keen coin tosser, as one of his mates made it clear he was going for heads

A great deal of concentration was on the face of a keen coin tosser, as one of his mates made it clear he was going for heads

Sailors continued enjoying their day on land as the Anzac Day celebrations moved on well into the afternoon 

Sailors continued enjoying their day on land as the Anzac Day celebrations moved on well into the afternoon 



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