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From Forres Gazette

CANADIAN TOUR 17TH JANUARY 2018
“CURLING” FREE DAY IN MORAY PROVINCE EAST

In January, the Royal Caledonian Curling Club welcome this year’s Canadian Strathcona Cup Team in Scotland to play for the oldest trophy in International Curling.
The Strathcona Cup is the grandest and likely the most valuable trophy in curling, having been specially commissioned by Lord Strathcona for the first fixture in 1902.
The origins for curlers from Scotland and Canada meeting lie in the 1902 Royal Club Annual General Meeting “…and the following resolutions were passed:
“First, that the Royal Club, taking into consideration the oft repeated invitation of brethren in Canada and the USA, is of opinion that the invitation should now be accepted, and decides to send out in the coming winter a representative team, in the name and under the auspices of the Royal Club, to play such matches as may be arranged, and to convey to curlers at the various centres to be visited the hearty congratulations and good wishes of the mother club.”
The competition is unique in that it is played nationwide over a number of weeks, with curlers of both countries having the opportunity to represent their country in the spirit and camaraderie that is the essence of the game.
40 Canadians arrived in Scotland on January 10th and will end their tour on 
February 2nd. The team is divided in 2 with half the number travelling to the north curling venues and the others travelling to the south ice rinks.
On Wednesday 17th January 2018 the north group had a non-curling day, having played and won against 4 rinks of Moray Province curlers at the ice rink at Moray Leisure Centre. In the morning they visited the Cooperage at Dufftown, then had lunch at the Mosset Tavern in Forres before having a tour round Benromach Distillery. Before they left Forres they were hosted by Forres Curling Club and the Forres Heritage Trust for afternoon tea and cake. Sandra Gordon of Spey Bay Cakes had made a glorious cake in the shape of a curling stone. The main reason for hosting the visitors was of course, Forres is the birthplace of Donald Alexander Smith who later became the first Lord Strathcona.
Rob MacLeod from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and curls in the Soo Curlers Association.
And considers his ancestral home as the Isle of Skye where the Dunvegan Castle is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod.
Commented, “Since travelling from Canada we have been treated with outstanding hospitality exemplified by the representatives in Forres who presented us with an amazing cake in the shape of a curling rock and informed us about the history of Lord Strathcona. Lord Strathcona was born in Forres and attended Anderson School before moving to Canada. The visit to the Mosset Tavern for lunch followed by a tour of Benromach Distillery and finished off with tea and cake in the Tolbooth in Forres, which was Lord Strathcona’s first work place was really nice. We were also able to see some of Lord Strathcona’s personal possessions which had been provided by the local museum.”

 

 
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Doug Kreviazuk, North Assistant Secretary,  is on TV
 

Rob MacLeod, North Social Media Master, is written up in the Soo Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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