Airthrey Castle Curling Club - Curling near Stirling in Central Scotland
Tour of Denmark 2004



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In September 2004 there was the first joint tour of Denmark by members of Airthrey Castle Curling Club and the Borestone & Stirling Curling Club. Thanks to the impeccable organisation of Lars Christiansen (a member of both clubs and an expatriate Dane), a thoroughly enjoyable trip was had by all and it is hoped that there will be a reciprocal visit in 2005. After that ...... who knows?

We were based in Copenhagen for the duration of the tour and the travel and accommodation arrangements were flexible so that one couple spent a fortnight in Europe while others stayed for as little as three nights.

The first club we visited was the Hvidovre Curling Club where we were treated to exceptional curling on fabulous ice in a truly majestic facility. The second game was against the Tårnby Curling Club where the hospitality was outstanding and included a wonderful smorgasbord lunch.

The lucky curlers (and camp followers) who enjoyed this trip were:

Eric and Mirren Begbie
Alex and Gail Campbell
Lars and Julia Christiansen
Alex and Mary Galloway
Ian and Maynard Gilchrist
Jim and Maureen Magowan
Sandy Macpherson
Ron and Gillian McQuaid
Mike and Hilda Queen
John and Liz Rankin
Bill and Edna Strang
Tom and Ann Wilson
Derek and JaniceYoung

One of the interesting features of the way that curling is organised in Denmark is that there are far fewer clubs but they tend to be larger than in Scotland.

For example, the Hvidovre curling rink is used exclusively by one club with about 200 members. The Tårnby ice rink is home to just two curling clubs. In neither case is the ice shared by skating nor ice hockey.

One thing does remain constant, however. The spirit of fellowship, hospitality and sportsmanship is every bit as well developed in Denmark as at home.

More photographs from the tour appear in our Photo Gallery