Sumner landmarks face demolition

The before and after shot of Sumner's Ruptured Duck pizzeria.
The before and after shot of Sumner's Ruptured Duck pizzeria.

A piece of Sumner history has come crashing down, while another faces a nervous wait.

The Ruptured Duck pizzeria, closed since the September 4 quake, was further damaged on February 22.

The building was demolished yesterday morning. The owners said on the restaurant's website they planned to rebuild, but a new opening date was unclear.

Nearby, the Sumner Borough Council building, home to the Sumner Museum, is still standing, despite extensive structural damage. Its fate is not yet decided.

Museum curator Topsy Rule said about 90 per cent of the museum's artefacts were salvaged by firefighters last week.

"They got a terrific amount out and the photographs are safe, which is the most important thing for our history," she said.

Rule said that even if the building did have to come down, the museum would not be lost.

"It's not all over, that's for sure. I'll be back."

The Press