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Delta throwback: Harry Jerome in town

The tracks were the municipality’s Centennial projects that year
Harry Jerome cuts the ribbon at the new Ladner track, assisted by Delta School Board Chair J.V. Smedley. Also on hand were members of the Delta Centennial Committee.

Let’s head back to Oct. 28, 1967, when one of Canada’s most celebrated athletes paid a visit to Delta for the official opening of a pair of major Centennial projects.

Track star Harry Jerome opened the North Delta and Delta secondary school tracks.

He spoke of the country’s greatest potential, its young people, and hoped the tracks, which he thought was of the best Centennial projects he had heard of, would be used not only by students, but by all the people in Delta.

Both schools had planned athletic events on the new tracks, but heavy rains the day before precluded their use for running.

The new Tsawwassen Junior Secondary school would also be getting a track that year.