Coffs Harbour's Christchurch link
JOHN Logan has been keeping a close eye on the unfolding earthquake disaster in New Zealand.
He’s the man behind Coffs Harbour International Buskers’ Comedy Festival and has a strong connection with Christchurch and was only there last month sourcing acts.
Mr Logan recalls walking past Cathedral Square every day with his son Matthew and said it was lucky the World Busker Festival, which runs at Cathedral Square and UC Busker Park, wasn’t happening at the time of the quake.
“It’s scary to think we were staying right in the city, 200 metres from Cathedral Square. I know all the buildings that were destroyed and walked past Cathedral Square every day,” Mr Logan said.
“Luckily the World Buskers’ Festival was a few weeks ago because there would have been thousands more people in the streets.
“Everyone was talking about the September earthquake and the 4000 aftershocks. There was a huge rumour going around about another earthquake predicted for March.”
Mr Logan experienced an aftershock measuring 4.8 while in his hotel room in Christchurch.
“I was in my hotel there when there was a small aftershock, the ground moved and went sideways. There is nothing like it; it is the freakiest feeling,” he said.
“There are a lot of old buildings in the city centre and many were held up with framework and metal braces after the September earthquake.
“I haven’t been able to get in touch with friends who live there and will keep trying to contact them.”
Coffs Harbour’s chance to support our Christchurch cousins will come in September when three acts from the World Buskers’ Festival will perform at the Coffs Harbour International Buskers’ Comedy Festival.