North and South go head to head this weekend as Border Ice Rink plays host to the 2015 ‘Indoor Grand Match’.
Based on the original outside Grand Bonspiel between the north and south of Scotland, played on a loch, the Indoor Grand Match, sponsored by Allan Steel Asset Management, was derived by the Royal Club in the year 2000 as part of the millennium celebrations. Due to its popularity it has been held every five years since then.
On Saturday an event will take place on rinks around Scotland with Border Ice Rink, Kelso, hosting three sessions at 10.00pm, 12.45 and 3.30 pm.
The local and visiting curlers will enjoy a game of curling before their hot meal and will receive souvenir cloth and metal badges, programme and a memento of the day.
The last outdoor Grand Match was held on the Lake of Monteith in 1979, since then the weather combined with the increase in safety regulations means that there has never had a safe depth of ice on any of the selected lochs to hold the match again, and perhaps never will.
Spectators are also invited to go along and join the fun, watch some top class curling and join in the After Match Party which gets underway at 7pm. Everyone is welcome, and it’s free.