SELKIRK provost Les Millar has spoken of his relief when his son phoned from New Zealand just hours after last week’s earthquake tore apart the centre of Christchurch, writes Mark Entwistle.
Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Millar has been in New Zealand since April and was caught up in the earthquake which struck in September.
Plumber Andrew had been living in the countryside outside of Christchurch, but moved to the city centre a month ago to work in a factory.
Les told The Wee Paper: “He phoned about midnight our time to tell us he was fine. I had gone to bed unaware there had been an earthquake, so it was good to hear from Andrew first before seeing it on the news.
“Andrew said the whole building started to shake and he was unable to run outside as he had to hold onto a vice just to stand up.
“He went into the city centre to check on a friend and make sure she was OK and told us it was utter devastation, with bodies lying in the streets. He says it was a very scary experience.”
Back in September, Andrew and a friend were out hunting in the early hours of the morning when that earthquake struck Thinking a wheel had come off their vehicle, they stopped and got out to check but the vehicle was still shaking.
Les told us :“So that’s two earthquakes he has now been caught up in”.