25 Apr 2016

Christchurch icon ready to serve again

4:26 pm on 25 April 2016

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance was rededicated today, after nearly $7 million in earthquake repairs.

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance was rededicated on Anzac Day 2016.

Wreaths laid at the Bridge of Remembrance for Anzac Day 2016. Photo: RNZ / Sally Murphy

The arch and adjoining bridge across the Avon River, which leads into Cashel Street, were damaged in the February 2011 shake.

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Canterbury RSA president Peter Dawson said it was an iconic symbol to Canterbury as troops marched through the arch to the railway station on the way to fight in World War II.

He said the repairs had taken five years, but it had been done right, and Christchurch had somewhere which would serve it for the next 100 years.

Mr Dawson said the Bridge of Remembrance would be used to mark Armistice Day in November.

The repairs cost Christchurch ratepayers $6.7 million.

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance was rededicated on Anzac Day 2016.

Photo: RNZ / Sally Murphy

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance was rededicated on Anzac Day 2016.

Photo: RNZ / Sally Murphy

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