It is with the greatest of pleasure that I welcome all the competitors, officials, families and supporters to the Fair City of Perth for this year’s Mercure City of Perth Masters.
It is exciting to have 7 of the 10 teams which are going to the Winter Olympics, including our own local Team
GB boys who won Silver at the recent European Curling Championships and Team Sweden who won Gold, competing. This year the countries represented are Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and of course our own teams from bonnie Scotland. I would like to give a special welcome to you all.
The Mercure City of Perth Masters is usually the rst sporting event of the year, and with the extremely large delegation of overseas competitors and supporters travelling here to Perth, gives this year’s event a truly international flavour.
Curling has always been a traditional Scottish winter sport and continues to be popular all over the world, but the one thing that I have always admired about curlers is their ethic of sportsmanship and the friendships that are made by curlers from all over the world, friendships that last a lifetime.
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend here in Perth and continue to make new friends and catch up with your old ones and have a “Guid Blether”.
My best wishes to you all.
Provost of Perth and Kinross.