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Downpour puts a damper on Sydney bridge picnic

Staff writer, with Reuters, SYDNEY

Thousands of people turned out yesterday for the second annual Breakfast on the Bridge picnic on Sydney’s iconic harbor bridge.

Picnic-goers had lined patiently for the 6:30am start and many brought rain-proof ponchos with their croissants and champagne, but a sustained deluge less than an hour into the two-hour event proved too much of a dampener for many.

“We just had a little downpour,” laughed a media spokesman linked to the event. “A few people left ... Now there’s hardly a cloud in the sky, would you believe?”

The event is part of the month-long Crave Sydney International Food Festival, although this year’s breakfast was sponsored by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) to help push Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.

The FFA laid down 11,000m2 of grass along the bridge, brought national team players and rolled a 4m ball through the picnicgoers to promote Australia’s bid.

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