Icing on the cake for curling families

William Aitchison and Charles Nelson.
William Aitchison and Charles Nelson.

YOUNGSTERS from Glendale are hoping to follow in their family footsteps – onto the ice.

William Aitchison, from Wooler, and Charles Nelson, from High Bleakhope Farm in the Ingram Valley, are currently taking part in weekly coaching lessons in curling at Kelso Ice Rink.

Curling is in the Aitchison family’s blood.

William’s parents and sister all curl and his grandfather was a founding member of Glendale Curling Club.

Originally a men-only club, once women members were allowed he was joined by his wife. Both have been president of the club and Michael is a former president of England Curling Club.

Charles also has family links with the sport.

He is sure to get some good tips from his godfather James Dixon, who is also a member of Glendale Curling Club, a former club president and its current English representative.

William and Charles are both pupils at Longridge Towers School, where curling is offered as an extra-curricular activity.

Later this year both boys hope to play in the school’s own inter-house tournament and the inter-primary schools competition at Kelso.