Tributes laid in shadows of city's broken heart

KEITH LYNCH
Last updated 05:00 03/03/2011
Flowers in Cathedral Square
KATE GERAGHTY
HEARTFELT: Bouquets and messages to loved ones lost have been left in Cathedral Square.

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Heart-wrenching tributes to quake victims lie in the shadow of the battered Christ Church Cathedral.

Dozens of bouquets of flowers have been placed between the fallen John Robert Godley statue and the cathedral on a grassed area underneath a tree in Christchurch's Cathedral Square.

One message for a lost wife read: "My wife for 35 years. My friend for ... My love forever."

Another message, to a boy, read: "God must have needed another angel. Be at peace now. You will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Beautiful boy. Xxxx."

Packets of Tim Tams, and a fluffy toy were also left for loved ones lost in the Christchurch quake on February 22.

A tribute to a woman contained pictures and messages from her heartbroken family and friends.

"Family dinners and Christmas won't be as humorous or entertaining without you. Come home soon," one read.

Another said: "Lots of loves. Always Dad."

A further message read: "You are constantly in my thoughts. Miss you heaps."

One card for a mother was simply a broken heart coloured in with red pencil.

Yesterday, about 400 family members and friends of quake victims, including about 250 foreign nationals, were allowed to tour the city's devastated centre.

They viewed ravaged sites including the Canterbury TV ruins and the Pyne Gould Corporation rubble.

District commander Superintendent Dave Cliff said the tour was an "opportunity for families to see the mammoth task that the USAR [Urban Search and Rescue] teams have had over the past week".

A mound of rubble sat at the Pyne Gould site as diggers and USAR workers continued to sift through the ruins. In the eerily quiet city centre, clouds of dust swirled along the streets as strong winds hindered recovery work.

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