Ayr@50 Celebration


The whole of Sunday 19th February was a great celebration of Ayr @ 50. This was to mark 50 years of curling at Limekilns Road, when the club moved from the Beresford Terrace Ice Rink to its current home, which was formerly a dog racing track.

Three sessions saw 30 clubs participating with skill, laughter, loud instructions (Ed!) and total enjoyment.

Ayr and Alloway played Troon Ladies and the maxim ' what you don't know doesn't do you any harm' held true. Linda Wilson knew the opposition players well and was slightly (!) apprehensive of the outcome. Bill Black, Douglas Haddow and Paul Williams had no such misgivings and set about the task with keen anticipation.

It was a close run, very demanding and competitive match with both teams vying to win. Troon succeeded by 1 point with a 6 - 5 result.

The match was followed by an excellent meal accompanied by some amusing speeches where many well known Ayr curlers were spoken of with wit and great respect.

The Highlander Trophy was won by Symington, but the true winner was Ayr Curling Club which was toasted by all in attendance with great thanks for 50 years of competitive curling but more importantly fantastic company every time you stepped on to the ice.

A silent auction was held with a great variety of donated prizes on offer, including a curling stone from Kays of Scotland. A fantastic £1348 was raised for Ayr Curling Club Development Group. On top of that, over £1000 was donated to The Doddie Weir Foundation.

Extra congratulations go to Ken Ireland, our club member and President of Ayr Curling Club for an outstanding event.