New Zealanders gather for London quake service

10:30 am on 4 March 2011

Thousands of British-based New Zealanders gathered in London at a vigil in London to remember those who lost their lives in the Canterbury quake.

About 2500 people attended the 45-minute service at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday evening.

Radio New Zealand's reporter said New Zealanders based all over the UK travelled to London for the vigil.

Former Christchurch resident Hayley Westenra led the singing of the national anthem.

Speakers included New Zealand's High Commissioner to London, Derek Leask, who read a message from Prime Minister John Key.

In the message, Mr Key offered condolences to those in the UK affected by the disaster and thanked Britain for sending search and rescue workers.