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Sporting East Lothian (2012)

On Thursday 26 July, the John Gray Centre unveiled its mini exhibition, ‘Sporting East Lothian’, to celebrate the launch of London 2012.  Archives and Local History staff have delved into the Council’s unique collections to showcase the very best of East Lothian’s sporting achievements.

For instance, did you know that East Lothian is home to the oldest sporting competition in the world? The shooting for the Musselburgh Silver Arrow dates back to at least 1603. The county also claims the oldest playing golf course – Musselburgh Links, and the oldest bowling club in Scotland – Haddington.

‘Sporting East Lothian’ also recognises recent sporting achievement and we are delighted to display the Waldie Griffith Challenge Trophy – a prestigious Curling Trophy competed annually by curlers across Scotland and won this year by an East Lothian team.

Come along to find out the favourite meal of 19th-century bowlers, what horses like to drink after winning the Grand National and which Scottish football team won every cup they played for between 1943 and 1944. All this and much more will be revealed about the remarkable people (and animals) who have grown up in, competed in and enjoyed the delights of East Lothian. The exhibition is located on the first floor of the John Gray Centre, in an exhibition case directly opposite the Museum and Archive & Local History resources. Our staff will be glad to welcome you, answer any questions you may have and learn more about your memories of East Lothian’s sporting past.

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