Olympic Torch Comes to Lunenburg

22 11 2009

The Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver on February 12th 2010.

The Olympic torch left Greece and arrived in Victoria BC on 30th October.  Since then it has travelled by relay across the country. First North to Dawson City in the Yukon, then through Yellowknife in North West Territory. It then travelled way north to Alert in Nunavut, the most northerly, permanently inhabited settlement in the world. The torch was carried through Quebec,Labrador and Newfoundland before arriving in Nova Scotia.

Last night it came to Lunenburg. There was great excitement in the town and almost everyone turned out to see the flame arrive.

This is a very safe little town, but  the police turned out in force! I think all of the police cars in the area were in the town.


Coca Cola being one of the main sponsors led the torch bearers.

The girls on the truck were handing out  fluorescent coca cola bottles. They were great light sources for the evening.

Eventually one of the torch bearers arrived.

And ran up Lincoln Street towards the Harbour.

Jeff and I walked down to the the waterfront, where the entertainment had already started.

We listened to a great group called Air Traffic Control, followed by a choir from the local school.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, despite the weather. We’d had almost summer weather all week, only for it to change about 6 pm.

The Olympic torch was brought across the harbour in the Chockle Cap.

Here is our local news report on the event.

http://southshorenow.ca/videos/events/index43.php

My own video wasn’t so successful, but you can hear a grand rendition of  ‘Oh Canada’ -the Canadian National Anthem. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s way better than ‘God Save the Queen.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUqAFAd9JoI

We walked to the golf course to get a view of the town from that side and watch the fireworks display.

The rain was at its heaviest by now, but it didn’t dampen the spirits too much. This was as wild a Friday as it gets in Lunenburg.

The torch will now be relayed back through the rest of Canada to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Over 1,000 communities like Lunenburg will have the chance to celebrate in their own ways.

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4 responses

22 11 2009
Cameron

Good pictures of the patrol cars and fireworks!

23 11 2009
sartenada

Great report about “Olympic Torch Comes to Lunenburg”! I loved to see those photos and also I looked videos. Thank You.

You were lucky ones. When I was eight years old, we had Olympic Games here, but no “torch coming”. Maybe it was, but I do not remember. I only remember how many tourists we had in Helsinki. Many memories are pouring into my mind due to Your wonderful post.

Regards.

23 11 2009
jackiequeen

Thank you again for your comments. You made me look up the Helsinki Games and I see they were in 1951, so you are just a little bit older than me. Probably then there would only be the lighting of the Flame ceremony at the start of the Games and no relay and celebrations across the country. You can follow the route of the torch in Canada and read stories from all the communities on its way at http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-torch-relay/

23 11 2009
sartenada

Thank You for Your info. I was born in 1944 and the Olympic Games were in Helsinki in 1952. The link is nice and I’ll follow the “route”. BTW, my wife was working at Finnish Olympic Commitée, so these games have very much interest to us.

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