With the Junior International due to get underway in the Dumfries Ice Bowl tomorrow with thirty-two teams, including eight from abroad, it has been a day of preparation at the rink. The rink's prizegiving is tonight too, and there was a finals' session, preceded by an informal 'official opening' of the rink. That's Patsy Gilroy above, Convener of Dumfries and Galloway Council, making a short speech of welcome to those attending the opening.
Rhona Martin did the honours in throwing the official 'opening stone', with local young curlers Fiona Telfer and Naomi Whyte in attendance.
And here we all were, with the question, "How much help would Rhona's stone need to get to the tee?"
Actually, very little. Pretty much right on the poppy, Rhona, well done, although the perfectionists would say that Ruaraidh Whyte must have given her a couple of inches too much ice!
Here is the winning team. L-R: Rhona Martin, Ruaraidh Whyte, Fiona Telfer, Naomi Whyte and Patsy Gilroy.
Now to tomorrow and we'll see how the young curlers enjoy the first Junior International in the six-sheeter dedicated curling rink.
Photos © Skip Cottage