Reports of curlers taking advantage of this cold spell continue to reach me. Here we are on the Kirk Loch, Lochmaben.
Thanks to Anne Smith for these fabulous photos from yesterday.
Is this not just a brilliant photo?
Marion Murdoch (on right) says she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to curl outside. That's Nancy Murdoch, the GB women's team coach, keeping an eye on her mum!
Stylish delivery from Hannah Fleming (?)
This is an interesting photo. In the background is a tarmac area which has also been used for curling in times past, the little building being the storage/club hut. Last time I looked it still had a sign that said 'Coronation Rinks' above the door!
Apparently it was quite a day in Lochmaben. The ice had been checked by the local council and was 7-8 inches, and solid. However, someone phoned the police to say there were lots of people on the ice and they didn't think it was safe. Anne tells the story, "Six police officers arrived but they couldn't go on ice to warn people because of health and safety so they passed the buck to the Nith rescue who came with a rescue boat but because of heath and safety they couldn't go on ice either. So the Coast Guard arrived, lights flashing! But guess what? Because of health and safety he couldn't go on the ice either! A great day was had by all."
Thanks to Anne Smith for the photos and the story!