Families grieve on second anniversary

02:31, Nov 19 2012
Pike River memorial plaque
NOT FORGOTTEN: The Pike River memorial garden at Atarau is a poignant tribute to the lost men.

About 160 family and friends of those killed in the Pike River mine explosion are gathering today to mark the tragedy's second anniversary.

The grieving families will gather at a memorial garden near Atarau today, where 29 boulders have been placed for each of the men killed in the fatal blast on November 19, 2010.

Some family members have travelled from throughout New Zealand and overseas, including Malcolm Campbell's parents and sister, who have travelled from Scotland for the anniversary.

The families and friends will be taken up to the mine by buses where a private service is being held beside the White Knight bridge overlooking the mine entrance.

The service will finish at 3.44pm, the time when the mine exploded two years ago, and a lone piper will sound a lament.

Previous memorial services were public events but this year the families wanted a private day to grieve and to remember their loved ones.

A public service will also be held in Blackball at 6pm with a dinner, which families can also attend.

Among the miners who died was Keith Valli, 62, of Southland.


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