East – Graham Lindsay

Graham Lindsay

Graham Lindsay

Name – Graham Lindsay, used to run under a nickname of “McTavish”for many years when I was young but it is only heard occasionally nowadays, my mother hated it!!!

Where are you from  – Born in the first village in Scotland to have its own electricity supply, Wormit in North East Fife. After moving about Scotland a bit over a number of years including an expanding Dyce next to Aberdeen, Kincardine on Forth, Milnathort, Dairsie, just east of Cupar, Fife, have been resident in “The Gauldry” , [ Gauldry, locally always The Gauldry,[1] is a village in Fife, Scotland. It is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) southwest of Newport on Tay, and 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south of Bottomcraig.[2] The name derives from the Scotsgallow raw“, the row of houses leading towards the gallows on Gallowhill to the east.[1] ] extracted from wikipedia.

Gauldry (The Gauldry)

A village in the parish of Balmerino linked with Wormit, NE Fife, Gauldry is situated 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Wormit on a ridge north of the Motray Water. Once occupied by farmers, weavers and estate workers, Gauldry is now largely populated by commuters to Dundee and Cupar. In addition to being the base of a local coach company, it is the location of Balmerino Primary School and has a village hall (1896) and a park (Duncan Park) dedicated to a great-granddaughter of Admiral Viscount Duncan of Camperdown.

Nearby stands Naughton House (1793) and the ruins of Naughton Castle built in the 16th century by the Hay family.

Occupation, some detail – currently self employed with own business, Parkhill Construction Services Ltd, specialising in project management of construction works, working on small wind turbine sites at present. Previously worked for a Dundee based Civil Engineering & Construction company, Torith Ltd, from February 1981 until it’s sad demise in December 2009 when it was forced into administration by its bankers, [I did say bankers]. Started work as a site / contracts engineer, promoted to contracts manager and then made a director of the company in 1995. 

Age, family details –recently enjoyed celebrating my 61st birthday in November, day before Guy Fawks night to be precise. Married to Sheila since December 1974 with two grown up children, Craig, who also works in the construction industry, and is married with 2 children, Cameron and Katie, and Monica who is a social worker, working with children and families in Renfrewshire. Sheila was a teacher for many years but is now semi retired doing part time lecturing at Dundee University, teaching student teachers to teach chemistry, her subject for many years.

Sheila has milestone birthday whilst I’m on tour, 12th Janaury, so can’t possibly say anything bad about her although I think I will be paying for this trip for some time to come. 

What are your clubs – My Mother club is Forret Curling Club, check it out on our website at www.forretcurlingclub.co.uk  No prizes for spotting me in any of the photo’s. The picture on the opening page is my son. I am also a member of Airleywight Curling Club. 

Proudest achievement in curling – what you mean there is something more important than “The Tour”? If there is I’m hard put to think of it as I’ve not won any major competitions, although severely beating Dave Hay and Pete Louden in last year’s Douglas Campbell pairs at Dewar’s Rinks, Perth was most enjoyable and beating Glen Muirhead in Super League at Perth last year was also memorable. Ask me after “The Tour” and I’ll let you know.

What are you doing now in curling – a very good question!!!! You would probably be better speaking to fellow tourists or others I curl with these days for a truthful answer. I still try to compete at the reasonable level and currently play in Division 2 at Perth and at Kinross ice rinks, also compete in seniors, including mixed seniors, at Perth, pairs at Perth and Kinross, Province games for Forret CC etc. Played in Scottish Mixed Seniors at Stranraer again this year but decided to give Scottish Seniors a miss this year due to proximity of qualifying dates to tour. Also played in Scottish Masters this year for the first time but sadly failed to qualify but hopefully will do better next year. 

What motivated you to come on tour  – basically for two reasons, a) members of my mother club who were on tour many years ago spoke well of it and in more recent years fellow curlers who had also been on tour said it was not to be missed, and b) having realised that I was never going to get the chance to represent my country any other way I felt that I had submit an application for this tour. 

What are you most looking forward to/what have you enjoyed most about tour  – the whole camaraderie of the tour, meeting fellow curlers from across the pond, playing against and hopefully beating fellow curlers all in the best spirit of course. Curling was, and always will be about friendship and camaraderie so this is the ultimate in curling. 

Any specific roles in the tour planning and/or during the tour – I was involved in working on travel arrangements together with Peter Malcolm and Davie Haggart prior to the actual tour and also as East tour secretary during the tour, which has involved a fair bit of work prior to the tour as well. 

Other sports  – limited these days to golf, mainly in the summer. 

Other interests – obviously grand children, still interested in messing about with old cars, Golf GTI’s are good, gardening although not an addict, music of all genres, enjoy doing a bit of DIY and improving / extending house, currently planning another ensuite, why I don’t really know as we have one already. Almost forgot, dog walking, how could I forget that when we have 3 retreivers, 10, 6 and 6 months, a fair handful.  

Anything else of interest – have been stopped smoking since August 13th so still working at eating more, putting on a bit of extra weight, and being short tempered but a small malt helps calm me down. Never thought I would have to do “ This is your Life”.  Close friends emigrated to Canada in August 1985 and stay in Selkirk close to Winnipeg, visited them some years ago but looking forward to seeing another part of Canada other than the “Plains “

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