Last Rock Delivered on Dinmont Avenue
On Saturday, April 30th, the Vancouver Curling Club hosted a fond farewell and tribute to our old building and 62 years of league play, bonspiels, clinics and good times at the Vancouver Curling Club on Dinmont Avenue with the Last Rock Ceremony.
More than 100 people were in attendance - including honorary life members, past presidents, provincial champions, world champions, and current club members from many of the VCC's leagues - as everyone had a chance to revisit the Club's history through the memorabilia on display, celebrate the throwing of the last rock (ever) in the ice shed, toast the grand, old building and then watch the lights go off in the ice shed for the final time.
During the official ceremony, a number of the Club's 48 provincial champions were on hand to collect their purple hearts that have been displayed over the years in the ice shed. Two members of the Lyall Dagg rink which won the Brier and World Championship in 1964 joined the festivities. Leo Hebert (featured in the image above on the right) held the broom while Fred Britton delivered the second-to-last stone.
Leo continued to hold the broom when the winner of the Last Rock raffle, long-time member Ron Avery (featured in the image above on the left), delivered the last piece of granite to glide across the ice at Dinmont Avenue.
In toasting the building, VCC President Jen Lucas said “she’s served us well and has done everything we’ve asked of her and more.” As folks reminisced about the 62 years on Dinmont, thoughts quickly turned to our new home in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games legacy building.
The day was enhanced by a great display of 1964 Brier and World Championship memorabilia provided by the Hebert family. And the Club’s Historical Committee created a fantastic video montage of photos that celebrated our rich history.
Special thanks to the event's organizing committee for creating a fitting celebration, and the Club looks forward to welcoming past, current and future members to our new facility this fall.