Memorial events mark big-quake anniversary

Cantabrians will mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22, 2011, earthquake at memorial events tomorrow.

The main Civic Service will be held in Latimer Square, which became a makeshift triage centre after the quake.

The service, co-hosted by the Christ Church Cathedral, starts at noon.

There are specially allocated spaces for bereaved family members, seriously injured survivors and official guests including Prime Minister John Key.

The service will include readings, hymns and the laying of a wreath. There will be a minute's silence at 12.51pm.

Members of the public attending are advised to bring their own seating.

From 8am to 8pm people can take part in the River of Flowers event by dropping flowers in the Avon and Heathcote rivers and the Estuary.

From 12.30pm to 1.30pm, community groups will host sites, and encourage people to leave messages on a Tree of Hope. The event is co- ordinated by Healthy Christchurch and Avon Otakaro Network.

At 12.51pm two minutes' silence will be observed at each of the hosted sites:

O-Tautahi /The Bricks: Barbadoes St Bridge

Medway St footbridge site: SW bank in River Rd

Estuary: Yacht Club car park, Moncks Bay

Owles Tce Reserve, Bexley

Horseshoe Lake: Opposite bus stop between Oregon and Tangmere places

Heathcote River: Opposite Princess Margaret Hospital

Riccarton Bush: Riverbank between Kahu Rd and Riccarton House

Botanic Gardens: Footbridge between Christchurch Hospital and the Peace Bell

Woolston Radley Park: Near the south end of the Catherine St footbridge

Kerrs Reach

Beckenham Park (meet at cricket pavilion)

Riverbank opposite Eureka St

Riverbank opposite Avonside Girls' High

Liffey River in Lincoln township

New Brighton/South Shore: Estuary bank at the corner of Ebbtide and Caspian streets.

A memorial service, Avonside Remembers, will be held at the Wainoni Methodist Church.

The event, organised by the Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust, starts at 12.50pm with an assembly at the church in Avonside Dr, opposite Porritt Park, followed by two minutes' silence at 12.52pm.

The names of the 182 people killed in the quake will be read out, a choir will sing, and candles will be lit for each of the victims.

Gap Filler is inviting visitors to the Pallet Pavilion to write their thoughts on pieces of paper and pin them to the pallet walls.

The Press