By Nicholas Pavlich
The excitement started to build at least an hour before the Olympic flame made its way down Williams Road. People lined the street hoping to get a glimpse of the symbolic fire and, perhaps, snap a photo or two for posterity.
The residents of Richmond, who lined the roadway near South Arm Community Centre, were all smiles as they breathed in the cold night air and warmly cheered the forerunners, a fleet of RBC, Coca Cola and other trucks. As the convoy of branded trucks passed through, the crowd’s anticipation of what was to come grew noticeably. The wait for the onlookers was much longer than their witness of the torch. No matter, the excitement made it all worthwhile.
As a solo plane happened to be flying overhead, the flame with its torchbearer passed by the South Arm Community Centre en route to its final destination of the night, Minoru Park, home to our Olympic Ozone.