IMAGES FROM THE OLYMPIC TORCH RUN THROUGH AYLMER
Paul Lovelock of St.Thomas is pictured with his supporters at the corner of Elk/Talbot as he prepared to carry the torch into Aylmer’s east entrance today just after 12 o’clock.
The Olympic Torch Run caravan assembled at the east end of Aylmer as runners were dropped off for the trek through town.
Doug Lee of Aylmer carries the torch along Talbot St East (by Victoria) in cool but sunny conditions.
Ric Plaquet of Aylmer carries the torch at the main corner of town before a large crowd that assembled all along Talbot St.
Torch runner Ric Plaquet of Aylmer is greeted by Aylmer Mayor Bob Habkirk at the Town Hall. ‘O Canada’ was sung and then the torch continued toward St.Thomas.
AYLMER TODAY, TOMORROW:
–Olympic Torch Run, approx. 12:10 pm
-Tim Hortons Free Skate – 1:30-3:30 pm
-(Wed. – Free Skate 9-11 am)
–Margaretha Miller; of Aylmer; on Dec. 20; in her 96th year; wife of the late Wilhelm Miller; Visitation Tuesday at Kebbel Funeral Home 2-4 and 7-9 pm; Funeral at Kebbels 2 pm Wed.
“AYLMER’S BILL BERRY DID CALGARY OLYMPIC TORCH RUN IN 1988”
(This info was supplied by Bill Berry in response to an Aylmer News inquiry)
“As I recall, the Torch passed through Aylmer between Christmas and New Years in 1987. We all carried the torch approximately one kilometre. At the start of each day,the torch bearers were ferried out to the starting point and away we went. Our day was to start east of Aylmer, near the White Villa. The previous day I had gone out and roughly measured the distances to determine where I would receive the torch and where I would hand off the torch. My parents had finally tracked down a video tape machine to record the event for posterity (no digital technology yet). We all thought we were ready. When the day finally arrived, it was very cold and windy, but clear. Of course my measurements were all wrong and my parents never actually did capture the moment on tape, although we did get a lot of snapshots. I ran the stretch along Hwy #3, near the bend in the road, east of Summers Corners. I handed the torch to Dr Beveridge’s daughter Moira and climbed back into the rather large vehicle that had carried us to our starting location. After all the waiting, the event seemed to pass by in an instant. We were all taken back to the Town Hall for the official ceremony. I believe Stephanie Dakins had the honour of carrying the torch to the Town Hall. Other locals (that I know) who carried the Torch were Bill Deane, Darren Whaley, Diana Telfer and Pete Afman. We all got a toque, a jacket and matching pants and a whole lot of wonderful memories. I have a lot of pictures buried somewhere in the basement. ” (His daughter Veronica plans to wear the jacket today at the Torch run.)