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British Columbia, Canada
22nd May 2004 - Part 1

Took loads of pictures and wouldn't normally put up so may but many people at the parade asked where they could see the pictures |I was taking thought under the circumstances I'd put them all up so here they are...

Creston is around 1.5 hours drive from Kimberley and is known as a market town where you can purchase apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, hazlenuts, walnuts, and just about every vegetable you care to mention. The climate is really excellent and there are loads of small orchards all over the place.  But to the parade....

This is the start of my wandering down the gathering area where the Parade was getting setup and organised.  This gave me the opportunity to get some close ups.

Here is Anita wondering where I am going next :-)

As you can see it was a very dull day and looked like rain but in fact the rain did hold off

And here I try to capture the members of the Kimberley Pipe Band

This is Dave Eksgog, the Kimberley Pipe Band Pipe Major

And Anita and Ron, by guides for the weekend made an appearance :-)


Creston is where the Kokanee Brewery is based which is probably the most popular local ale.  I have been enjoying their Kokanee Mountain Ale which is a bit like a 70/- ale back home.

The Trail Pipe Band

And I came across the Trail Pipe Band and one Murray McKenzie promised to send in a little information on the history of the band and when I got back they had arrived and so many thanks Murray!

The Trail Pipe Band is one of the oldest continuously operating pipe bands in the interior of B.C. Organized pipers were recorded at the opening of the Columbia River bridge in Trail as early as 1912. The band has been active ever since in various forms. Since the end of the second world war the band has entertained people in the Kootenays and northwestern United States. More recent highlights of the bands history include;

Two appearances at Expo 74 in Spokane Wa.
Five days of appearances at Expo 86 in Vancouver B.C.
Performing at Grey Cup game in Vancouver
Performing at Soccer Bowl in Vancouver

The band  currently consists of 10 pipers, five side drummers.a bass and a tenor drum. The band is under the direction of P/M Murray McKenzie and D/S Ted Wallace.

The band can be reached by mail at P.O. Box 68 Trail B.C. V1R 4L8  or by e-mail at  or Pictures sent are photos of the band in recent parades and in concert with the Trail Maple Leaf Band at Gyro Park in Trail.

And now back to the parade gathering

You can likely see the clouds and mist rolling down the hills in the background

And a suspicious look from one and a Cowboy! :-)

And here we are now ready for the parade to start which you can see on the next page in Part 2

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