This event even had a dedicated photographer. Thank you to Kirk Meldrum who took about 200 photos of the event. Most of these are in the slide show above, a little small to see on a phone, but try on a computer or tablet with a decent screen or your TV.
First annual Cecil Hicks Mixed Funspiel
The first annual Cecil Hicks Funspiel was held on February 25th, a full day event with each curler curling 3 4-end games. The third end of each game had a little twist, such as all curlers curling with the stick or teams switching rock colours, to make sure that the curling was not too serious! Cecil's family joined us for the day and red rock #8 on Sheet 2 was dedicated to Cecil. Richard Hicks (Cecil's nephew) filled in for Les Hicks in the rock dedication and Erin Morice (Cecil's granddaughter) travelled up from Halifax to curl with us.
Two awards were given to the curlers who exhibited the most Cecil like characteristics on the ice. The recipients were Jean Hart and Jack Chalk.
As Al Smith of the organizing committee wrote afterwards:
The curlers had a fun day, the Hicks family members who were able to attend were very pleased and touched by the event and as Vivian says in her note to the club: "Cecil would have been humbled and thrilled". Lunch was wonderful thanks to the considerable efforts of Lloyd and Doug with assistance from Sheila and Nick. As usual Hughie was a big help doing the tea, coffee, dishes and running the 50:50 draw. Hughie says that the 50:50 was the highest that he has ever seen and the lucky winner Aubrey Atkinson took home $160.00.
Cecil's spirit is still very much alive in our Club as exhibited by the warmth and friendliness of our members. We have said good bye to a true gentleman of the game but red rock # 8 on the centre sheet will forever remind us of his love for the "roaring game".