Canterbury sailors to stage city parade
Sailors on the HMNZS Canterbury will parade through Christchurch tomorrow to celebrate their return to their home port.
More than 250 sailors and officers will begin their charter parade at 12.40pm from Christ's College, marching via Rolleston Ave and Worcester Blvd to a ceremony outside the Christchurch City Council building on Worcester St at 1pm.
The parade will then continue east on Worcester St to travel through Cathedral Sq, ending at Latimer Sq.
The public will also be given a chance to see the sailors in action with an open day on their ship at Lyttelton Port from 10am to 3pm on Sunday.
The events are part of a five-day port visit to Lyttelton, which aims to showcase the close relationship between the ship and the region.
Sub Lieutenant Luke Godsell, 24, said this was the first time he had visited his hometown onboard a naval vessel since joining the Navy in 2010.
He planned to show the city his military skills while fulfilling the role of Guard Commander during tomorrow's parade.
''Canterbury is a great ship to serve on; this is my third posting and it keeps getting better each time I come back,'' he said.