Joe Barry’s Saltire flags

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 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. 

Andy Shatilla


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 hung for the month of July at the rear balcony patio at my house in Bedford, NS

Flags flown for a Lawn Bowls event at the Bedford Lawn Bowls Club in Bedford, NS

Howard flies the Saltire Flag at the season opening of the CFB Halifax CC in September 2018

Howard presents the Saltire Flag to the Day League prior to a morning of curling

Saltire Flag flown in the ice shed during a game at CFB Halifax

Howard meets with a “tourist from previous years”.

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.

Edinburgh, 30 January to 1 February

The North Tour is now in Edinburgh.

Photographs from Tuesday 30 January can be found here.

Photo Gallery – 30 Jan

After two more North Tour (31 January) sessions and one South Tour (1 February) session, the competition closed, with Canada running out winners by 322 shots.

The two tours finally met up at lunch in Edinburgh after three weeks on tour, to enjoy an afternoon tour of Edinburgh and a Civic Reception, hosted by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross, who is also a curler.

After matches against the RCCC on Friday 2 February, the tour closed with a final banquet at the Capital Hotel, when the trophy was presented to the Canadian team.

Monday 29 January, Stirling

The North Tour arrived at The Peak, Stirling for two sessions of curling.

Those on a bye were lucky enough to meet four of our Olympic Ladies team, and inevitably some photos were taken. Thanks ladies and good luck in South Korea.

The men’s team were also there and many of the North Tour were able to watch them train at lunchtime. Again, thanks to the team for taking time to speak to our visitors. All the best in your own Olympic adventure.

Some strong Forth Valley curlers gave the North Tour their most difficult day so far, with Scotland winning both sessions and finishing +7 over the day. However, there was still time for the now traditional stacking of brooms after 4 ends, along with some most enjoyable “rusty nails”.

A great dinner at Stirling Court hotel followed, with an interesting presentation on the history of Stirling from Provost Simpson to start proceedings.

After dinner the Canadians sang some of their songs, then the Scots took their turn and we finished with everyone singing the last few songs and both National anthems.

Well done Joe Barry, your idea for a sing song was truly inspirational.

Everyone up singing.

Don Giles treated us to a solo performance, great work Don!

A fantastic day was had by all.

Oh, and we received a lovely card of Thanks.

Thank You Card

More photos from The Peak including Team Photos are available here.

Day 6, Waterfront, 16 January 2018

The South tour arrived at Waterfront today.

The traditional “canopy of brooms” welcome

Councillor Natasha Murphy threw the first stone. Here she is with local organiser, John McCall.

The Canadian Squad together on the ice with some very neatly stacked brooms.

Today’s games very definitely went the way of the Canadians.

Details in scores section.

Days 1 and 2, Hamilton, 11 &12 January 2018

The 2013 and 2003 Scottish tourists made up the opposition for days 1 and 2 in Hamilton.

These games count towards overall result and Canada got of to a good start.

Team Armstrong enjoying “Stacking of Brooms” after 4 ends of first round of games.

Bruce Mouat and his team of Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, Hamilton McMillan came to meet the Canadians on Thursday 11 January and to see what this Strathcona Cup is all about.

The opening banquet was a great event, a chance for 2013 friendships to be renewed and 2018 friendships to be established. The evening finished with a keynote speech by David Hay, recounting many of his experiences of curling in Canada, followed by some hearty singing from all.

On Friday 12 January we were delighted to meet the Scottish Minister for Sport, Aileen Campbell. She was given a demonstration of the singing skills of the Canadians, an example is here:

We will rock you

RCCC President, Jim Cullen and Strathcona diarist, Ian Keron chatting to Aileen Campbell.

After a hard two days of curling and entertainment the Canadians can enjoy a day of sightseeing on Saturday 13 January, before they split into the North and South parties and head of across Scotland over the next 3 weeks.