12 février 2017

Pipebands: Rugby in Paris, Highland Games in Bressuire

The Paris & District Pipe Band (photo) will form a mass band with 51st Highland Division Memorial to play the Scottish anthem before the international rugby match between France and Scotland in le stade de France. But after the Grand Stade in Saint-Denis this Sunday for the 6 nations, the two pipebands are also programmed for the IHGF Highland Games European Pro Championships in Bressuire. Jacques Dransard, the French drum major and bagpipe-player in charge of pipebands in Bressuire and Laurent BATTUT, the president of Paris and... [Lire la suite]

08 février 2017

Francis Brebner and IronMind praise Bressuire Games

Francis BREBNER, the IHGF chairman, has just used his Facebook page to quote an IronMind's article by Randall J. Strossen about the next IHGF European Championships in Bressuire, France. The French city is to host the Games on June 10 and 11 And he also used this opportunity to praise our town, the AJEF organisers and the castle on his Facebook page. His article is illustrated by a bill featuring one of Bressuire's favourite sons, Scott Rider. Unfortunately, there will be no Scott in the 2017 line-up (see below) Here's... [Lire la suite]
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01 février 2017

IHGF European Championship in Bressuire : what a line-up!

Two years after the IHGF Worlds, the fantastic castle (photo: Jean-Patrick JOLLY) will host the IHGF European Championships and celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Highland Games in Bressuire, France. And we are proud to be the first to give you the line-up for this show that will take place on June 10 and 11. Six European flags Francis BREBNER, the president of the international federation, has just revealed the names of the Heavies who will compete in Bressuire-the-Scot. For the moment, they are ten coming from six different... [Lire la suite]
03 décembre 2016

Bressuire-the-Scot: whisky-tasting and Highland Games

Bressuire is certainly one of the most Scottish cities in France.And not only because they are twinned with Fraserburg in Scotland... If the French city is nicknamed Bressuire-the-Scot, it's because they celebrate haggis in January, host the Highland Games in June ond organise a whisky-tasting party in November. And as you can see, the line-up is as impressive for whisky-tasting as for caber-tossing Last year, Bressuire hosted the IHGF World Championship with one of the best line-ups ever. And, of course, everybody remembers the... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2016

Bressuire-the-Scot celebrates haggis and Robert Burns

Everybody knows that Bressuire-the-Scot hosted the IHGF Worlds last June. But in this French town, they also use every opportunity to celebrate Scotland. After a whisky-tasting party a few weeks ago, the Bressuire-Fraserburg twinning Committee organized a Burns Supper last Saturday. And the 125 guests enjoyed the traditionnal haggis after Gavin Anderson, the Bressuire piper, made his show for the "Ode to the haggis". Thanks, Robert Burns! Haggis, bagpipe, whisky: this is the way we like to be so Scottish in Bressuire, France ... [Lire la suite]
10 décembre 2015

Cead Mile Failte: 100.000 welcomes for the 100.000th visitor

In the Celtic World, they say: "Cead Mile Failte" It just means one hundred thousand welcomes. Cead Mile Failte! What else can the blogger say when your www.highlandgames.canalblog.com welcomes its 100.000th visitor? It's just unexpected for a sport very few people in France knew about, fifteen years ago.. So, thanks everybody: the Heavies, of course, the organisers, the Frenchies, the volunteers, the spectators Thanks Francis, Jono and Sinclair for your friendly message! Special thanks to the blog's photographers and... [Lire la suite]

28 novembre 2015

November in Bressuire: whisky-tasting and Peter McNamee

No change in Bressuire...The traditionnal November whisky-tasting party organised by the Bressuire-Fraserburg twinning committee takes place at the end of November....as usual.And, of course, we can try seven different whiskies and listen to good music thanks to Gavin ANDERSON or Jack DRANSARD. Guitar, bagpipe and a drum-majorBut, this year, there was a special guest Drum-major Peter McNAMEE had come specially to Bressuire to celebrate with us. And you may be sure he is as clever with a glass of whisky as he is with a baton.. And... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2015

De la Salle Scout Pipe-Band in Bressuire: Playing in the rain

The video is a flashback to the Highland Games World Championship held in Bressuire in June of this year. After piping in the sun on Satuday.... ... the De La Salle Scout pipeband from Waterford City in Ireland played throughout Sunday's atrocious weather conditions until they could no longer run the risk of waterlogging their instruments. Sunday: playing in the pouring rain To pay tribute to their stoicism, here is  a short ditty to be sung to the tune of Gene Kelly's famous Singin' in the Rain. Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo,... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2015

Bressuire: The year of the Worlds, the year of the Light

Michel SEMENIAKO is a photographer. And he is the one Bressuire has chosen to illustrate "The year of the light" And, of course, it's a real pleasure for the blogger to offer you different views of the Church, the Townhall and the Castle in Bressuire-the-Scot. Ready for the visit? Just follow the guide... For the Highland Games, the city-center looked like that with pipe-bands parading in front of the church. That's quite different from what you can see in Michel SEMENIAKO's exhibition in la Chapelle Saint-Cyprien, Bressuire's... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2015

Luzarches, France: And the winner is... from Scotland

The Scots have a long history of Highland Games.No wonder they have won so many competitions in Scotland and all over the world! And that was the case last week-end again in Luzarches, France. The winner, Greg WALKER, comes from Scotland.Once more! A family business And he proves that Highland Games can be a family business, too. Last year, the winner was Bruce AITKEN And you what what? Bruce is Greg's uncle In Luzarches, Greg WALKER won the  A competition with 16,5 points ahead of Steve SNAUWART from Belgium, 22 points and... [Lire la suite]
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