Memories of the Olympic torch relay in Forbes

It's almost 20 years since the Sydney Olympics, and we've delved into the archives for the photographs of the day the Olympic flame came to our community.

The torch was carried through Forbes on Friday August 18, 2000 and the Advocate reported that hundreds lined the Newell Highway to see the flame on its journey.

"Many settled in for the occasion, hosting street-side picnics, toasting runners with champagne as they passed," the Advocate reported.

"Others dragged couches onto the sidewalk to witness the running of the relay in style.

"Patients of the Forbes District Hospital lined the pavement or sat watching through the windows as Forbes' own Olympic Phillip Adams passed the flame to Sydney caricaturist Tony Rafty."

Crowds also greeted the torch relay at South Circle Oval.

"People truly created a celebratory atmosphere," the Advocate reported.

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