A large crowd turned out to say goodbye to a piece of Hope’s history on Sunday.
About 1,000 people attended the Rambo Bridge – The Final Take event paying tribute to the old wooden Kawkawa Lake Bridge which was featured in the First Blood film. The iconic Hope landmark is slated for demolition sometime in August during the “fish window,” when crews are able to work in the river without harming salmon, sturgeon and trout runs.
Even though Sylvester Stallone was not in attendance, many people showed up dressed as the film’s action star, including Simon Birmingham from England. The film buff travelled overseas with his wife Sharon specifically to take part in this event.
The celebration featured army vehicles, police cars and other props from the First Blood set. Actor Stephen Chang, who played the Vietcong commander in the film, was also in attendance to sign autographs.
Chilliwack’s Chris Olson and his two-year-old English Bulldog Pig won the Rambo look-a-like contest, receiving a free flight over the Coquihalla Canyon at Othello Tunnels with Valley Helicopters.
Movie fans then packed into Hope Cinema Sunday afternoon for a showing of First Blood.