Flood forces new site for crosses

19:46, Apr 23 2014
Rod Shoemark
Rod Shoemark marks out where the Memorial Crosses will be placed for the ANZAC service

Memorial white crosses in honour of Marlborough's fallen soldiers will be erected next to Blenheim's cenotaph today ahead of Anzac day.

Last week the 280 crosses were removed from the banks of the Taylor River as a precautionary measure ahead of heavy rain on Thursday and Friday.

The river burst its banks after 50mm of rain fell in Blenheim in 24 hours.

Marlborough Returned Services' Association vice president Rod Shoemark said the banks remained too wet and there wasn't enough time for the area to dry out before Anzac day.

Shoemark said they had no choice but to erect the crosses in Seymour Square.

The crosses will be placed either side of the clock tower.

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They will remain in place until the middle of next week.

"We had hoped to reinstall the crosses along the river as it was the best place for RSA members to appreciate them. It is just not practical and the crosses will be erected near the clock tower where more members of the public will be able to view them."

The crosses were made by members of the RSA and the Marlborough Guild of Woodworkers and were painted by inmates at Christchurch Women's Prison.

The Marlborough Express