RCCC President 2018-19
Born and raised in the village of Wormit in the North East of Fife Graham was the youngest of a family of three. He attended the local primary school in Wormit before going to Bell Baxter High School in Cupar. On leaving secondary school after six years he was accepted to study mechanical engineering at Bell St Tech in Dundee, better known now as Abertay Dundee University. However, before he was due to commence his studies he saw an advert in the local press from a local house builder, Bett Bros Ltd, who were looking for a trainee civil engineer. Graham applied and was offered the job and started work with Bett Bros Ltd in 1970. He attended Dundee College of Technology, Bell St Tech and then Falkirk Technical College gaining an HNC in Civil Engineering. He worked with Bett Bros until 1980 when due to a downturn in the economy private house building slowed dramatically and he decided it was time to move on. After short spells with another private house builder and a civil engineering contractor he decided to go to university to study for a degree in civil engineering. At this time he was working with a civil engineering company which had been started by two of his fellow engineers with Bett Bros Ltd, on a temporary basis, until university started but was persuaded to remain with the company, Torith Civil Engineering Ltd, on a full time basis and forego university again. Graham worked with Torith Ltd, as they became known, from 1981 to 2009 until they were forced out of business due to the recession and property downturn. Graham rose from site engineer to Contracts Manager and was made a director of the company in 1995, a position he held until 2009.
Graham was introduced to curling in the early 1980’s by a fellow employee at Torith through the construction league in Dundee, where there were two leagues of 12 teams. He took to curling very quickly and after two to three years curling in the construction league he started curling with Forret Curling Club. Graham and his family moved to Gauldry in NE Fife in 1985 and it was through friends in the village that he became a “Ferret”. He never looked back thereafter as far as curling was concerned.
He was president of Forret Curling Club on two occasions, was match secretary for 12 years and served on Cupar Province Committee for several years. He also curled with Airleywight Curling Club in Perth and, through being a member there, was asked to be an Area Representative for the then Area 8, now Perthshire Area.
In 2011 he applied to go on the Strathcona Cup Tour to Canada in 2013 and his application was successful. He was the East Tour Secretary and was also involved in organising the Strathcona Cup Tour 2018 by Canada to Scotland.
Graham has curled in many of the national competitions gaining success in the Masters by being the losing finalist in 2013-14 and being part of the winning rink in the Scottish Seniors in 2016-17 which took him to Canada to play in the World Seniors in April 2017.
Graham’s son Craig came into the sport some years ago and they play together in many local and national competitions and his grandson Cameron is now getting involved in the sport too, much to Graham’s pleasure and his desire to have a family rink. Sheila, his wife, has tried curling but found it was not for her but his daughter Monica was on the ice very recently and she displayed much promise, so he hasn’t given up on his wish yet.
Graham is honoured to be appointed President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and is looking forward to contributing to the work of the sport during his term in office.
Photo © Scottish Curling/Tom Brydone