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.
We are delighted to have teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Scotland – a very special welcome to you all. I’m sure there will be an air of excitement to the competition as we look forward to another exciting weekend of curling, following hot on the heels of the recent Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. The gold medal was won by Team Mouat representing Scotland on their first European appearance for this Scottish team. On behalf of us all, I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating the team on their magnificent win.
The Mercure City of Perth Masters is usually the first 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.