|11 Dec 2000|
All Dressed Up Before Ball
The Provincial Council Chambers will be transported back 150 years on Friday 15 December by many of the citys leading lights dressed in Victorian finery.
They will be attending the presentation of Christchurch city Councils Environment Awards before The 1850 Ball is held in Victoria Square at 8pm.
The awards - the annual awards for services to the environment, the built and natural environment and six special environment awards to mark the 150th anniversary - will be held in Bellamys at the Provincial Council from 5.30pm.
Many dignitaries attending the presentation will be in period dress ready for the ball.
They will include the Mayor, Garry Moore, the Mayoress, Pam Sharpe, Sir Hamish Hay, Sir Miles Warren, Christopher Godley, a great, great grandson of Canterburys founder J Robert Godley, and the chairwoman of the City Councils environment committee, Cr. Anna Crighton.
Cr. Crighton says the awards will seem like a "little bit of England brought to Christchurch."
She also points out that a woman being the chair of a local government committee would have been unheard of 150 years ago.
The awards emphasis the importance of recognising the urban environment, both natural and built to ensure sustainable development.
They are also in recognition of the tremendous efforts of the community in working towards an environment that is attractive, sustainable and evokes a sense of wellbeing.
Photo opportunity: Guests will leave an upstairs room to move down the Gothic staircase to the lower room for the presentation of awards at 6.15pm.
Further information: Warren Brixton: 941 8439.