Jim Bell, Alex Gandy win Maxville Gold Medal, Bar piobaireachd

Published: August 2, 2013
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Maxville, Ontario – August 2, 2013 – Jimmy Bell of New Jersey gained the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) on the first day of the Glengarry Highland Games, held at the Maxville Anglican Church against 12 other contestants. In the Gold Medallist Bar to the Gold Medal for previous winners, Alex Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, won against nine other players. The organizers capped the number of entrants at 22, and reported that eight applicants were turned down in the Gold Medal event. Reay Mackay judged both events.

Gold Medal
1st Jimmy Bell, “The End of the Great Bridge”
2nd Jacob Dicker, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
3rd Glenn Walpole, “In Praise of Morag”
4th Alastair Murray, “The Battle of Auldearn #1″
5th Alan Clark, “Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg”

Also competing but not in the prizes were Andrea Boyd, Jacob Dicker, Michael MacDonald, Kylie MacHattie, MacGregor van de Ven, Nick van Ouwerkerk, Elizabeth Sheridan, Dylan Whittemore, and Robert Wilson.

Gold Medallist Bar
1st Alex Gandy, “All the Old Men Paid Rent But Rory”
2nd Ed Bush, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
3rd Ian K. MacDonald , “The Vaunting”

Also competing but not in the prizes were Jimmy Bell, Andrew Berthoff, Andrew Hayes, James MacHattie, Scott McIntosh, Sean McKeown and Andy Rogers.

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  1. AlMcMullin

    Congratulations to Jimmy Bell! He has maintained his high standard of playing for MANY years and this award is well deserved!

  2. AlMcMullin

    Congratulations to Jimmy Bell! He has maintained his high standard of playing for MANY years and this award is well deserved!

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