23 September 2017

The Ice Rink’s 50th Anniversary Bash

The curling season got off to a great start with a wonderful 50th Anniversary Celebration Day held on Saturday, September 16th.

Three curling sessions were held – each game being 6 ends long with stacked broom at close of end 3 so that all participants could enjoy a wee Clyde Steamer. Curling was held at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
After the games everybody enjoyed a magnificent buffet dinner in the Restaurant.

The official, and main, event of the day was the cutting of the cake by Alex Torrance.  This was followed by the throwing of the first stone by Meg Allan with Aileen Neilson holding the brush while Hazel Smith and Jay Wilson duly swept the stone.  Meg delivered a magnificent stone as it landed on the pot lid!  Chairman, Jimmy Raeburn gave a warm speech and was duly surprised himself when he was presented with a lovely decanter and glasses in appreciation of his Chairmanship for the past 23 years.

Approximately 200 people attended the Anniversary Bonspiel either to watch or to curl and to enjoy the hospitality – everybody left with a souvenir glass.  The ice rink itself was beautifully decorated with a wonderful display of vintage photographs covering many decades – this brought back such lovely memories to many people.

“Thank you” to the Directors and Committee members for organising such a good day.  A big” thank you” must also go to the numerous sponsors for helping to make this such a memorable day.

As for LIR – well, here’s to the next 50 years.

Anne Hood - President

For a photographic record of the day, click here