As usual, the pipers came marchin' in during the IHGF European Pro Championship in Bressuire-the-Scot, France

s3And, of course, it was a real pleasure for our photographers with such an awesome background in the old middle-aged Bressuire castle.

s15Bressuire also had the priviledge to welcome Robert WATT, one of the stars of solo piping with quite a few titles of world champion.

It was a real pleasure to listen to his solos and his "Amazing Grace" was really amazing.

1706-10100_Highland-GamesA pipe-band competition

Robert WATT, just like drum-Major Peter MacNamee, also accepted to be in the jury of a bagpipe competition that took place on Sunday in the old castle.

The competitors were five French pipe-bands from all over the country

The results



1st:    Paris and district pipe band
2nd:   Aquitaine Highlanders
3rd:    Piperade South West Pipers

2/4, The Balvenie trophy

1st:    Paris and district pipe band
2nd:   Askol ha Brug pipe band
3rd:    Aquitaine Highlanders

Marching and Discipline

Askol ha Brug pipe band

There was of course march and discipline all through the week-end and it was a fantastic opportunity for our photographers with the old castle in the background.

Keg and beer
And the transition was perfect during the marches: after one the parades, the pipers left the field to the throwers for one of the most spectacular competitions in Bressuire: keg over bar.
IMG_6701And this time the keg was for the throwers with a new field record at the end (5,45 m by Vlad TULACEK).

Of course, the bar was left to the pipers...

It was a kind of "my lassie in the bag, good whisky in the pipes".

For the Paris and District pipe-band who had won the 2/4 Balvenie trophy, it was OK. For the other bands, they just had to pour beer in their pipes... IMG_0056Just an illusion

Had they drunk too much alcohol or was it just an illusion in Bressuire haunted castle?
Some of them saw a piper appear in the drum.


Dream or reality? We'll never know...


Alain Cadu


Thanks to our photographers: Thierry TURC, Jacky HAIRAULT, Louis FRADIN.

They all belong to the Bressuire photo-club called "Regards"

Their contribution to the blog is really appreciated.

Thanks again!