Frozen in time – the ‘roar­ing game’ at Cairn­dow

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TAKEN in 1909, this re­mark­able pho­to­graph was taken on an ice-cov­ered up­per Loch Fyne near Cairn­dow.

The photo is part of an ex­ten­sive ar­chive held by the Here We Are com­mu­nity en­ter- prise at Cairn­dow. It de­picts a group of 16 men – per­haps four rinks – and a boy en­joy­ing a rare game of curl­ing on the frozen loch sur­face.

The back of the orig­i­nal photo is signed by ‘H McI’, who is known to have been Harry McIn­tyre – a joiner who came to work at Ard­kin­glas in 1906, left in 1934 and died in 1936.

Mr McIn­tyre wrote on the back of the photo: ‘This photo was taken on the 19th of Novem­ber 1909, dur­ing a game on the ice in Ard­kin­glas Bay, Lochfyne, 200 yards from the high water mark.

‘There has been no curl­ing in this part of the loch within the mem­ory of the old­est per­son in the district.’

The first time in (then) liv­ing mem­ory curl­ing had been man­aged on this part of the loch. Pho­to­graph: Here We Are.

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