Aldergrove paints the town red

Aldergrove is going all out on the “paint the town red” theme for the Olympic torch relay on Monday, Feb. 8.

“We are encouraging everyone to get out their red clothes, red flags and anything else red and get down to Fraser Highway to show how red and supportive we can be,” said local torch relay organizer Mike Robinson.

“Everyone is also encouraged to participate in the wave. There will also be red decorations on the trees and lamp posts down Fraser Highway.”

Local schools have been supplied with red plastic from which students have made ponchos to wear at the event.

Students will also be waving international flags.

It starts at 10 a.m. with road closures set in place for 10:30 a.m. Fraser Highway will be closed from 276th to 268 Street both ways and from 268th to 264 Street on the north side. Entertainment will be provided at the community stage at the south corner of 271 Street and Fraser Highway.

“We are really pleased to have some great entertainment organized. The Aldergrove Community Secondary School Band will be playing and one of their tunes will be the ‘Paint the Town Red’ song,” said Robinson.

Other entertainers include the North Otter Society of Performing Arts Dance Ensemble, who will be dancing in the street.

Students from the schools will be in place and cheering contests and wave practices begin.

Various on-street activities will take place up and down the length of the route including fire trucks and Coca Cola cheer teams.

At 11:05 a.m. the torch arrives on 32 Avenue at about 273 Street and rolling road closures will be enforced as it travels around 32 Avenue and 276 Street to Fraser Highway.

At 11:30 a.m. the torch departs from 264 Street for Langley and the roads reopen.