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Downpour drenches Commonwealth opening ceremony but can’t rain on Gold Coast parade

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AND everybody thought the weather might rain on Glasgow’s parade four years back. The Gold Coast is famed as Australia’s Sunshine State but that seemed a misnomer as the 21st Commonwealth Games got under way yesterday amid a torrential downpour which left everybody in attendance decidedly drookit. The clouds quickly passed, though, and even the wild conditions couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the capacity 35,000 crowd gathered at the Carrara Stadium, only a small percentage of whom had covered seats.

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