The North Tour were all gifted a saltire flag by Joe Barry when in Stirling on Monday 29th of January.He asked that they send him a photograph of them with their flags back in Canada.The first response was received today, Sunday 4th of February.This is Jamie Hay in his garden at minus twenty four degrees.In contrast here is Jamie on West Hawk Lake in July 2018, and a balmy 34 degrees Celsius.Rob MacLeod with his wife Rejeanne in their back yardRob and John Rudd met up recently and took two photos with the saltire at Sault Ste Marie. This is a border city so they took a couple of pictures with the International Bridge in the background.The Canadian side:The American side:The following are 3 photos from Yvan Roy.Patrick Bigras, Yvan Roy, Marc Brochu, Martine Legare, Mario Schiler (Boucherville Curling Club President):Denis Plamondon, Yvan Roy, Marcelle Dagenais, Denis Massicott:Mario Bourassa, Guilaine Berube, Yvan Roy, Martine Legare (Yvan’s wife):Latest photographs are from Derek White, Captain of North Tour.The first one is of his house, now that is some snow!The second photo is of Derek’s daughters with the flag outside Derek’s house.Looking forward to receiving more photos.in the meantime here is Joe’s grandchildren in his tribute to the Canadian tourists.One flag ended up in Las Vegas at 2018 Men’s World Championships!Yvan Roy & Rick Rathier in Orleans Arena
Derek Hay celebrated his 60th birthday in August 2018 and his saltire was put to good use!
John Teed flung his saltire in the (currently) smokey foothills of Alberta (August 2018) along with Team Cheryl Bernard’s autographed broom!
Larry McCormack and some of his family enjoying a great day at their cottage at Woolastook, New Brunswick. About 1/2 hour drive from Oromocto, NB
Derek and Jamie Hay with Larry McCormack in the Granite Curling Club, Winnipeg.
This brings back fond memories for those of us on the 2013 West Tour, we had a grand evening in the club, many enjoying a game of snooker after dinner.
And here they are again beside the Silver Broom, the old men’s world championship trophy.
Sean Murphy and Mike Watt will enjoy a return to the Granite Club, for the Margarita International Bonspiel over the first weekend of October 2018.
North Tour captain Derek White took his saltire all the way to Hollywood, via Route 66.
Hope we get a chance for a beer with Derek when he is in Scotland in Spring 2019.
Now that the curling season has started we are getting flags in Canadian Curling clubs.
Here is Andy Shatilla outside Royal Montreal Curling Club.
and here he is inside the club with his wife Grace
Some words from Andy:
“A day after returning to Montreal I was off to Florida for the rest of the winter.
I am finally back on the ice and had the attached picture taken with my wife Grace, another keen curler.
I will send more as the season progresses. I will be giving a presentation to our club members on 5 December 2018 about the Strathcona Cup experience.
It was unforgettable.
Thank you again for your hospitality.”
More from Royal Montreal Club.
Each Wednesday during the curling season Royal Montreal has morning curling followed by lunch and a guest speaker.
I was invited to be the guest speaker on Dec.5th to talk about the Strathcona Cup. In attendance were Royal Montreal members Doug Brown and Jack Martin who were on the tour in 1998. Also in attendance were Bob Dobs of Pointe Claire Curling Club who was a tourist in 2009 and Tom Litchfield from our 2018 tour. I have attached a photo of the 5 of us at the lunch. (Left to right, Andy, Doug, Tom, Bob and Jack). Regretably, Miron Macyshyn who represented Royal Montreal in 2009 passed away last month.
Also attached is the Scottish flag that Joe Barry gave me. I had it signed by most members of Royal Montreal.
In the morning games, I skipped a team against Doug Brown’s team. Doug wore his Strathcona Cup jacket from 1998 and I wore the Strathcona Cup jacket from 2018. Fittingly, the game ended in a tie.
Thank you once again for everything that you did to give 40 Canadians an experience that we will never forget.
Merry Christmas and all the best in 2019.
The following pictures were taken at the Peace Arch Curling Centre in Whiterock BC, with the entire daytime Masters curling club behind.
Stan Turner is the 2018 Tourist in the white sweater kneeling on the ice next to the Saltire.
The following is a selection of photographs received from Howard Oakey.
Flags flown for a Lawn Bowls event at the Bedford Lawn Bowls Club in Bedford, NS
It was suggested that this tourist was part of a North Tour some years ago.
More photos and stories will be added as they are received.