Honorary Member Alan Johnston turns 100!
Alan Johnston, one of only three honorary members of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, will turn 100 on March 22nd 2011.
Throughout his lifetime, Mr Johnston has dedicated a huge amount of time to the growth and development of curling, both here in Scotland and internationally. Johnstone was heavily involved in securing the first sponsorship deal for the World Junior Curling Championships alongside Charles Clark of Canada.
Johnstone was a founder member of Donald’s Ice Rink Curling Club in 1949, where they played one session a week, always on a Friday. When the ice rink was sold he was instrumental again in generating interest in indoor curling, and was known locally as ‘Mr Curling Aberdeen’.
Mr Johnston has travelled worldwide on curling tours and made himself well know amongst overseas curlers, as he often couriered international teams during their visits to Scotland.
Mr Johnston has sat on various committees – Province, Area, Council and he was also President of the Royal Club for the season 1974-75.
Alan Johnston was presented with his honorary membership by HM The Queen at the opening of the new ice rink in Aberdeen in 2005.
On behalf of everyone at the Royal Caledonian Curling Club we would like to congratulate Alan Johnston on reaching his 100th birthday, many happy returns!