I was walking down Durham Street at lunchtime today when I heard a bell ringing out, so of course I had to investigate. I discovered the source of the bell-tolling was none other than our Wizard. He’s on a mission to save the Christ Church Cathedral from demolition, believing that it can be rebuilt.
Whether you agree with him or not (or hold no opinion at all), you have to admire his level of commitment to his cause. And after speaking to him briefly I now understand just how strongly he feels about this. And it’s no wonder really, when he has spent a good part of his life standing in front of the Cathedral – it’s a huge part of his personal history.
Unfortunately the future looks pretty grim for the Cathedral, you only have to take one look at it to know it’s in pretty bad shape (OK that might be an understatement…). Demolition of the Cathedral’s tower has started and you can view a video of this on the Press website. Watching it made me feel a little sick actually.
Gerry Brownlee has also called on the Church leaders to release information about the damage to the Cathedral due to the level of public interested – see more at this Press article.
If you want to know more, visit the Facebook Page ‘The Heart of Christchurch‘.