Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dumfries in the news

Take a look at what is going to be Scotland's next curling rink! The news yesterday (see here) was that Dumfries and Galloway Council has given the go ahead for the conversion of the indoor bowling facility at the Ice Bowl to a dedicated curling rink.

I talked about the story on the blog back in June, see here. When I learn more I'll post it here, of course. As a Dumfries and Galloway taxpayer, I have a vested interest! Personally, I think it's great. I've seen the Dumfries rink improve a lot in recent years, and would hope that an even brighter future lies ahead.

You can read some opinion about the proposals on the Scottish Curling Forum in a thread here, which starts when these were first aired in June.

What great news though for the users of the Ice Bowl! Not only is the future of curling, skating and ice hockey secured, but with two rinks side by side the complex will have the potential to host major competitions such as the World Junior Curling Championships. Indeed, it is an exciting prospect for the curling community around Dumfries.

Realistically, lots of water has to come down the Nith before then. Many questions need to be answered. But it is an exciting time. And how will it all impinge on the rink at Lockerbie?

Dumfries and Galloway Council has also recently launched its 'cultural strategy', see here. Associated with this is a local studies photographic collection website. This website contains more than 7,000 pictures. I searched for 'curling' (of course) and was delighted to find a number of old pics which show clearly the heritage of the sport in this part of the country.

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