There was definatley a chill in the air as people huddled closely to the edge of the street waiting for some sign the torch and the runners were on their way. Miranda was taking in the festivities with a look of wonderment in her eyes, not really sure what was going on. Anthony on the other hand was bundled up and poked his head out to the street eagerly waiting to see history in the making.
Christmas carols her heard, as choirsters brought out the holiday spirit of the people along the road. Mayor Gord Krantz and Halton MP Lisa Raitt were in front of Knox Prespyterian Church to greet CTV weather guy Tom Brown as he cheerfully brought the flame to be handed off.
The cheers got louder as the motorcade made its way down the street, the first car with a flashing sign saying the torch will be here in 5 minutes. Not to forget the sponsors of the event, a large COKE truck with singers cheering on the crowd and the RBC part of the parade announcing that “its coming”. Another Milton blogger Jennifer Smith was there recording the event on video, so look to her blog for her updates as well.
A smiling Tom Brown feeling the effects of the cold greeted the Mayor and MP and lit the next torch. As the new torch was being lit, the people surrounding the area broke into a warm rendition of “OH CANADA”.
Brenda Wilson (thanks Steve!) finished up and made her way down Main Street to the next stop 300 meters away. The cheers of the crowd were deafening as the route closed up and as soon as it was here, it was gone.
It definately was history in the making as we dont know when or if the torch will ever make its way back to Milton again. There were many people openly emotional being a part of this great event. Kids were laughing and excited chanting GO CANADA GO in the hopes our athletes bring it home this year.
Afterwards we made our way down to the Memorial Arena for a pancake breakfast put on graciously by the Knights of Columbus. Hundreds packed the Lions Hall upstairs to take part in the meal and be entertained by live music. It was really well run and many thanks to the Knights for their generosity.
Edit: Here are some more pictures. If you were there…let me know how you felt as the countdown to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver made its way through Canada’s fastest growing municipality. These pictures are courtesy Paul Mitrovich, who apparently lost a finger in the cold (waaaaa, as you head to FLORIDA tomorrow) HA.