Solution to flaming problem at clocktower

The eternal flame burns again.

The Light of Remembrance atop the clocktower on the Timaru District Council building first went out in July and was replaced using a crane, but it went out again days later.

The light is meant to shine at all times in remembrance of those who died in wars.

Timaru District councillor Tony Brien decided it was not good enough, especially as it is 100 years since the Great War, so he approached the South Canterbury Museum to have a temporary light installed.

"It is just important at this particular point of time in history that the Light of Remembrance should be there. It is a great place to put it at the museum where they have a great [World War I] display," Brien said.

Museum director Philip Howe said that in the 1920s every year at 11am on November 11 a minute's silence would be held across New Zealand honouring the fallen soldiers on Armistice Day.

"For a number of people the Light of Remembrance is quite significant."

The council is building a new system which will enable the lamp-post to be lowered without the need for a crane and closing the road, to replace the Light of Remembrance's lightbulb.

The Timaru Herald