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article imageTens of thousands cheer as Olympic Torch reaches Vancouver Special

By Salim Jiwa     Feb 12, 2010 in World
Vancouver - The Olympic Torch is on home ground and the games are set to begin. Tens of thousands turned out on city routes to cheer the Olympic Torch and the city broke out in celebration with parties planned by the mayor of Vancouver.
VANCOUVER – Tens of thousands of Vancouverites thronged to the sidewalks in every part of this Olympic city and spilled on to the road as the Olympic torch came home to officially herald the start of the 2010 Winter Games on Friday.
Firemen climbed atop their water pumping engines, cops gave thumps up signs, a group of kids repeatedly sang O Canada, smiling old ladies waved tiny Canadian flags and hundreds clicked away as the torch left city hall and meandered its way across the streets of Vancouver.
Despite rolling road closures and massive numbers of people on the streets there were no major incidents reported by police and on Thursday evening Mayor Gregor Robertson is throwing a public party to celebrate the arrival of the torch.
“To mark the flame’s historic arrival in Vancouver, an Olympic Torch Relay Celebration is being planned by the City for the evening of February 11, 2010,” said the mayor’s office.
The celebration is to take place at 6:30 p.m. at the David Lam Park and will feature live entertainment and athlete appearance.
The Torch Relay celebration at LiveCity Yaletown is just one part of many festivities the City has planned for the two-day Olympic Torch Relay in February 2010.
The City is inviting residents and visitors to join neighbourhoods in celebrating the 2010 Winter Games as the flame moves through Vancouver.
The games begin on Friday at 10 a.m. in Whistler with the ski jumping qualifying rounds.
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