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    Pulling for the Regiment

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporterJamie McCaffrey from Ottawa captured this victorious pull by soldiers from the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Army Reserves during the annual Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville Ontario, Canada.

    While they would win this round, the competition would eventually be won by the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.

    The annual Glengarry Highland Games is one of the largest Celtics festivals in Canada. Each year, over 20,000 spectators converge on the small town of Maxville to watch and cheer on over seventy pipe bands who came from all over the world to compete in the North American Championships. In addition to being the largest gathering of mass pipe bands in North America, there are traditional highland competitions such as highland dancing, sporting events, fiddling, sheep dog demonstrations and a much contested Tug O' War between the Canadian Army's Highland Regiments.

    “While not of Scottish heritage I have been drawn to the sounds of the bagpipes since I was a child,” said the 45-year-old civil servant.

    “The sight of these soldiers in a brutal test of raw strength while combined with the skirl of the pipes, the colours and flash of the different tartans on the kilts, and the cheer of the crowd was a feast for the eyes and ears. Although, I understand that the music of the bagpipes may not be for everyone- subtle it is not,” he added.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Soldiers of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment give it their all as they pull against other teams from the Canadian Army's reserve highland regiments during the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario, Canada.

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