2 Dec 2010

Hundreds in Nelson sign condolence book

3:02 pm on 2 December 2010

Hundreds of people in Nelson have signed condolences books and lit candles to remember those who died in the Pike River Coal mine disaster.

Twenty-nine workers were killed following a series of explosions at the West Coat mine which began on 19 November.

The priest in charge of Nelson Cathedral, Tony Andrews, says the West Coast is part of the Nelson Anglican diocese and, as such, there is a special link with Coasters.

Many people have written thoughts in the condolence book in the cathedral, while children have drawn hearts.

One person has addressed a note to one of the dead miners, Peter O'Neill, saying his mates at the Waimangaroa rugby club would not forget him.

Another person wrote: "I didn't know you boys, but my heart aches for you and your families".

The Nelson City Council and other organisations joined others from throughout New Zealand, stopping work for two minutes of silence at 2pm.