Brooklands residents celebrate the good times

8:43 pm on 9 September 2012

The fast-disappearing community of Brooklands north of Christchurch held a celebration on Sunday to remember all the good things about the area before its residents leave for good.

Earthquake damage has led to the red-zoning of 470 homes by the Government.

About half of the residents have already moved on, having accepted the Government offer on their properties.

Sunday's celebration involves a walk taking in displays of local history at the community hall, playcentre and fire station, before a ceremony at the lagoon where paper boats and flowers will be released.

One of the organisers, Jo Wall, says she would like to see a permanent reminder of life in Brooklands.

She says she was inspired by a memorial at the now deserted mining town of Lyell on the West Coast which includes photo boards showing the former inhabitants.