The Newly Re-Opened New Regent Street
New Regent Street re-opened to the public today after being closed for two years due to damage from the February 2011 earthquake. Even on this wet miserable day the street looked beautiful. Only 5 or so shops are open at the moment, but it looks like within a few weeks a lot more will have opened up.
Quite a few people were braving the cold and wet weather to check out the street and have a coffee in one of the two cafes that are open. The Fudge shop was also a popular destination. Armagh Street between New Regent and Manchester Street is also open now and it was very odd standing on it. I worked on Armagh street for many years – but the office is long gone though.
It’s wonderful to have this street re-opened. It’s a special part of Christchurch and one of the streets I immediately thought of in the first few days after the earthquake in February – wondering how well it survived.
I’m looking forward to seeing all the shops tenanted and being able to go there for a coffee on a nice warm day.