FRIENDS of shark attack victim Peter Edmonds gathered at Ballina’s North Wall today to pay tribute to their much loved mate.
The group gathered from about 7.15am, and the memorial culminated with four of Peter’s mates – Brock Curtis-Mathew, Daniel Hotschilt, Sam Patterson and Jamie Hannah – each placing a white rose in the surf.
The group gathered exactly a week after last Tuesday’s shark attack which claimed the life of the 16-year-old from Wollongbar.
Today’s memorial was attended by a cross-section of Peter’s wide circle of friends from Alstonville High School.
Brock Curtis-Mathew, who was surfing with Peter at the time of the attack, was the last to place a white rose in the water. Brock has been widely praised for his heroic act, and will be nominated for a bravery award.
There were some special touches to today’s memorial. Peter had a fondness for meat pies, so his friends made sure there were some at North Wall today. They were placed near a cross which was specially made by Peter’s Year 11 schoolmates for today’s service.
Peter’s funeral service will be held Wednesday at the Baptist church in Alstonville.
Pictured from left, Brock Curtis-Mathew, Sam Petterson, Daniel Hotschilt, and Jamie Hannah, after they each dropped a white rose in the surf.