Curling’s Coming Home: Brush sales surge after Team GB wins Olympic Gold

The craze is sweeping the nation. Literally.

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DIY centres in Scotland have been swamped by people buying sweeping brushes after Team GB Women’s Curling team won gold on the final day of the Winter Olympics.

Paddy Power News sources were up all-night watching the girls demolish their Japanese counterparts, before quickly making their way to a Homebase car-park just outside Glasgow, as queues began to gather amid speculation that there would be a huge demand for brooms.

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The store manager told us that it was ‘Absolute bedlam’ and that ‘People had started gathering around six this morning to get their hands on as many brushes as possible’.

“We’ve had to limit capacity to three per household,” they explained. “There’s going to be a real upsurge in interest now we’ve won the gold.”

I’ve had my paddling pool out in the garden all night in minus six temperatures

We spoke to some of the early arrivals to get a flavour of the mood.

“I’ve had my paddling pool out in the garden all night in minus six temperatures,” explained one. “I’m hoping it stays frozen long enough to get a game in before lunch.”

Despite not everyone having the luxury of being able to play on ice, this couple explained how they were going to improvise.

They said: “We’re using our driveway as the track and using those office chairs on wheels as the stones. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they don’t run out of those brushes with the hard bristles.”

We have varnished floors so we’re desperate to get our hands on the soft bristled ones, preferably in black

Even the hipsters are getting the vibe. Another Paddy Power News source headed down to an IKEA just outside Edinburgh and were also met by a gathering crowd.

“We live in a penthouse apartment overlooking the Royal Mile,” claimed one. “We have varnished floors so we’re desperate to get our hands on the soft bristled ones, preferably in black.”

When we asked what they would actually be using as stones they replied: “Our robot vacuum cleaner.”

Back in Glasgow, as the store opened, there were scuffles as punters tried to get their hands on an early bargain and security tried to keep a lid on the situation.

As Police arrived to restore order, a member of the store’s security team told us: “It was total chaos when we opened. People were grabbing anything with bristles on it. I even had an altercation with a customer over a dustpan and brush when I explained that they came as a set, not as individual items.”

We contacted the British Curling Association to get their reaction on the sudden surge in interest.

“We’re delighted,” they explained. “We’ll be sending scouts out onto the streets of Scotland to try to find the next golden generation of Curlers.”

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