Letter, Dennis Flowers
06 Dec 2005
Dennis Flowers was at Hastings Street Primary School in Napier when the 1931 earthquake struck. He lived with his mother in Brewster Street, as his father was working in the country. He ran home from school and had to be guided home, as the Cabana Hotel had collapsed and covered Brewster Street. His mother had gone to fetch him from school but she went along Marine Parade so had missed him, as Dennis went home along Hastings Street.
Dennis can remember the fires leaping from house to house across the hill. He and his mother spent time under canvas, possibly in Nelson Park, before they moved to Wanganui. He cannot remember anything of this time. Dennis returned to Napier in 1973 when he worked for the Customs Department before retiring in 1983.