"Anyone who has been to one will remember it for the rest of their lives.
January 11, 2010 9:33 AM Subscribe
posted by horsemuth (9 comments total)
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to be held for the first time in 30 years, the 'Grand Match
' has been canceled
due to safety fears.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club announced
on Friday that the rare bonspiel would be canceled because emergency services would have difficulty ensuring the safety of the nearly 2000 participants and an estimated 15 to 20,000 spectators at the Lake of Menteith due to narrow icy roads, bitter cold and poor access for crowds, a decision that defending world curling champion David Murdoch called "ridiculous
". Some believe that the "real" reason is due to insurance and lawsuit concerns over the thickness of the ice, and speculate that "There will be no 'official' Grand Matches ever again.
Note the word 'official' above, as there have been calls
for an unsanctioned Grand Match, including a Facebook group encouraging
folks to come down to the Lake of Menteith and “Bring your stones, bring your skates if you prefer, or just bring your self. Take heed of the warnings but do it anyway". On Saturday around 2000 people did...