Making contact - first text messages

KEITH LYNCH AND JOHN HARFORD
Last updated 16:32 17/02/2012

In January we asked Press readers to tell us about the first text message they sent or received on February 22 last year, after the earthquake.

On the first anniversary of the earthquake, we publish a collection of those text messages.

The messages we received included incredible accounts from two people trapped inside the collapsed PGC building and the messages they sent and received. The transcripts, sent by Julie Batstone and Paul Howison, were among dozens we received from Cantabrians, who scrambled to their phones to find out if their friends and family were safe.

The Press would like to thank all those who replied and took part in the project.