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 ......
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
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
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.
photographs from the tour appear in our Photo Gallery