Rebellion on Ice
THOUSANDS of rebel curlers are expected to take to the ice at the frozen Lake of Menteith near Aberfoyle today to take part in what is being referred to as the "People's Grand Match".
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) was forced to cancel the official Grand Match between the north and south of Scotland because of safety fears raised by the local authority and emergency services.
But news of the ban helped attract thousands of people on to the frozen lake over the weekend and sparked an internet campaign urging curlers to defy the ban and take to the ice today.
Curling enthusiast and internet campaigner Craig Stobo said: "This is an event that has been going on for hundreds of years and we can't even organise it. It renders Scotland a laughing stock.
People power to the rescue, but apparently it may be too wet to play