- Crew gained a gap match 38-7 in opposition to Sweden earlier than beating France 46-4
Considered one of Nice Britain’s first Winter Olympic gold medals has gone on show at a museum in Scotland.
A group comprised of 4 Scots turned the primary British group to win gold within the Winter Video games once they emerged triumphant in Chamonix, France, in 1924.
They gained a gap match 38-7 in opposition to Sweden earlier than beating France 46-4 to turn into champions on January 30. They have been the one three groups within the event.
One of many medals introduced to the group varieties a part of an exhibition on the Biggar & Higher Clydesdale Museum in South Lanarkshire.
The group was made up of Biggar’s Tom Murray, who was a cattle and sheep breeder; father and son Willie and Laurence Jackson, who have been farmers and auctioneers from close by Symington; and Robin Welsh, a global rugby selector from Edinburgh.
Considered one of Nice Britain’s first Winter Olympic gold medals has gone on show at a museum in Scotland
A group, comprised of 4 Scots, turned the primary British group to win gold within the Winter Video games once they emerged triumphant in Chamonix, France, in 1924
They travelled by prepare from Edinburgh after which on to Paris.
From there, they spent an extra 13 hours the rail journey to Chamonix, throughout which they eased the boredom by enjoying bridge.
The exhibition options images, letters and telegraphs despatched dwelling to proclaim the group’s success.
Scrapbooks stored by Mr Murray and a bust of Willie Jackson, who was rated the world’s most interesting roller on the time, additionally characteristic within the exhibition.
The group marched into La Grande Patinoire, the outside ice rink, with union flags on their left arms and brooms carried over their proper shoulders rifle-style, based on the Royal Caledonian Curling Membership’s annual report of 1924.
The British curling group going to the rink at Chamonix, 1924. The group triumphed over their rivals
The British curling group are seen competing at Chamonix throughout their run to gold
However regardless of the recognition and curiosity within the sport at Chamonix in 1924, curling was dropped from the second Winter Video games in St Moritz 4 years later and didn’t return as an official Olympic sport till 1998.
One other Olympic curling group comprised of Scots, captained by Rhona Martin, famously gained Britain’s second Olympic curling title in 2002.
Biggar Museum curator Elaine Edwards stated the exhibition is a becoming tribute to a few native heroes.
‘The museum is all the time eager to have a good time the world’s impression on the broader world and we’re positive that this exhibition could have far-reaching attraction,’ she stated.
Higher Clydesdale was a curling stronghold within the period earlier than indoor rinks, with its dependable rainfall, wholesome rivers and ample altitude to encourage onerous frosts.
The various ponds in use round Biggar within the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are detailed in a map displayed within the exhibition.
Britain’s 1924 curling group, (left to proper) Willie Jackson, Tom Murray, Laurence Jackson and Robin Welsh
The British curling group are seen strolling via Chamonix on the video games’ opening ceremony
Lindsay Scotland, of the Scottish Curling Belief, stated: ‘This can be a well timed celebration of one in every of Scottish sport’s biggest adventures – three farmers from Higher Clydesdale, and a global sportsman, who made the arduous journey to the Alps and got here dwelling with gold.’
The exhibition has been co-curated by museum workers and the Scottish Curling Belief – a charity based mostly in Edinburgh that seeks to advertise the game and take care of its heritage.
It should run from Tuesday to Sunday till December 17, after which at weekends from January 6 till March 24 subsequent 12 months.