Sixty excited tourists plus Captain Mike Ferguson assembled in Doubletree by Hilton at Edinburgh airport on the afternoon of Tuesday 10th January 2023 in preparation for their adventures in the Strathcona Cup. A drinks reception at 6pm in our Number Ones including formal photos, one of which was with Eve Muirhead who is an ambassador for Doddie’5 My Name charity which the tour is supporting. We then sat down to an excellent meal, following which were speeches from Mike Ferguson, Bill Muir and all three tour Captains. The Sherrifs set out their stalls with several fines imposed. The magnificent Strathcona Cup made an appearance which provided many photo opportunities and thoughts of more opportunities if we succeed in our mission to win back the trophy over the next three and a half weeks. The East Tour then performed their sketch featuring Rab Anderson, Don Frame, Gavin Morton, Angus Storie, Fergus Shaw and John Dowell which was very well received.Afterwards RCCC President and overal Tour Captain Mike Ferguson lead the singing and drinking in the Bar, which for some continued until approximately 2am!