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Clan Scotia Pipe Band

The Clan Scotia Pipe Band was formed in the fall of 1975 and competed for the first time in April 1976.
The band dtarted in Grade 4 and gradually made it to Grade 2 (which wouldn't win Grade 4 by today's standards).
The band competed games throughout MB and SK. In those days, SK had 5-7 contests: Moose Jaw Ceilidh (April), Moose Jaw Kinsmen Band Festival (May), Saltcoats Highland Games (June), St. Andrew's Highland Games (Wapella, July), and Regina Highland Festival (Sept.) Saskatoon had some events then too, and for about 10 years had an excellent games on Sunday of the May long weekend.


The Clan Scotia Pipe Band

The bass drum logo. Bass drummer is Russ McKnight, and behind is L/D Brenda [Dunbar] Main.


Selkirk Highland Games - 1977

The band's trip were mostly to Highland Games in Manitoba. Here the band poses in frot of the Red River in the Selkirk grounds.

[L-R] Don Ross (dark glasses), Ken Clemence, Iain MacDonald (P/M), Garth Neel [Garth won the Marches at the Northern Meeting in 1977], Beth England, Doug Sinclair, Betty Anne McDougall, Ric Clemence, Bonnie Durnford, Allan Ireland (L/D, back), Dan McDougall, Sandy Smith (P/Sgt).

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Clan Scotia Pipe Band
[Regina Highland Festival, September 1979]

The Clan Scotia Pipe Band travelled to the Denver Highland Games in 1981,
where they competed in the Grade 2 competition, and some band members played solos.

[L-R]: Brenda Dunbar, Allan Ireland [beard], Louise Durnford, Dan McDougall, Iain MacDonald, Don Ross [behind],
Bonnie Durnford, Rob McDougall, Ken Clemence, Russ McKnight. Kneeling in front: Dou and Betty Anne Sinclair.

Photo: Iain MacDonald


Clan Scotia Pipe Band Burns Night - January 1980

The Clan Scotia Pipe Band organized a number of Burns Nights in Regina, with an attendance of about 200 people.
This one was held in Holy Rosary Cathedral Hall.
Band members visible are [L-R]: Iain MacDonald, Kathy Felstrom, Louise Durnford, Ken Clemence, Betty Anne Sinclair (P/Sgt).
2nd Row: Barbara McDougall (not visible), Sheldon McLeod, Rob McDougall, Eileen Dunbar.

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Clan Scotia Pipe Band
[Denver, CO, 1981]

The Clan Scotia Pipe Band travelled to the Denver Highland Games in 1981,
where they competed in the Grade 2 competition, and some band members played solos.

Back row [L-R]: Doug Sinclair, Ian MacIntosh, Dan McDougall (L/D), Rob McDougall, Sheldon McLeod, Ken Clemence, Russ McKnight.
Kneeling [L-R]: Arlene Clemence, Brenda Dunbar, Eileen Dundar, Barbara McDougall, Terry McNamee, Betty Anne Sinclair (P/M), Kathy Felstrom.


Clan Scotia Pipe Band
[Saskatchewan Pipe Band Championships - September, 1982]

The band competed throughout the 1982 season in Grade 2. Front row pipers in this photo are Iain MacDonald, Mary Ann Houston, Sheldon McLeod, Ken Clemence and Betty Anne Sinclair.


Clan Scotia Pipe Band
[Clan Scotia Indoor Contest - 1983]

The band organized a couple of indoor contests. The first one was trios only, and this contest was an indoor event with trios and mini bands. This ebvent featured Ed Neigh [Ontario] and Blair Brown [MB] as adjudicators, and following the contest, there was a recital and ceilidh.

The mini band that day was [L-R around cricle]: L/D Dan McDougall, Arlene Clemence, Terry McNamee (bass), Barbara McDougall, Gale Russell, Doug Lammer, Iain MacDonald.


Clan Scotia Pipe Band
[Radville parade - 1983]

This is a photo of the band's last performance. The band played in the Radville 75th anniversary parade, and had a social weekend out in the country.

Things never really got together after that, and the band ceased operations shortly after. Band equipoment was later donated to The Regina Scottish Pipe Band, a group organized by John and Margaret Wilson.


Victoria Park Pipe Band

In December of 1976, a group of players who had left their junior bands or were dissatisfied with where they were playing, met at the Union Hall in Moose Jaw to form a high-level competition band that they felt was needed in Saskatchewan. Because there was quite an array of players from all over the province, they wanted to give the band a name that portrayed a common thing in each community. It was decided that since every community had a parked named Victoria Park, the band would be aptly title: The Victoria Park Pipe Band.


The first elected P/M of the band was Doug Lutz from Regina and the first elected P/S was Barry Robinson, Bruce Lutz was the first elected D/S. The band was graded Grade 1 by the Praire Pipe Band Association and they played at their first contest five months later.


From 1976-1982, the band was successful in competition but they weren't dominating. They won the Moose Jaw Highland Games every year and also travelled to the Selkirk Highland Games in Manitoba, however, they were really only successful there in 1978 when they won everything available. Victoria Park travelled to Alberta quite often and usually placed very well. During these early years, no major trips were taken by the band.


Because Victoria Park was a newly formed band, they had no uniforms - everyone had their own equipment and uniform. The band did purchase two sets of matched chanters (first Tuck, then Kintail) and a set of Premier snare drums. However, in essence the band had no bank account. To purchase the equipment mentioned, all members chipped in to augment the money won in prizes because there was no sponsor. For band trips, individuals picked up all expenses.


Unfortunately in 1981, there was a meeting held in Saskatoon to decide who was going to be the new Pipe Major. The current P/M, Barry Robinson, announced that he did not wish to serve another term as P/M. There were several people in the band who could have done the job, but no one was interested. As a result, the band folded for a while.


(This came from the VPPB web site, but was incomplete. Anyone want to complete it?)


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[L-R] Graham Neill, Craig Waigh, Tim Coffey, Jamie Gattinger, Tim Boan, Darren Chow, Bruce Lutz, Michelle Carline, Rob Waugh, Jim Briggs, Pat Kindrat, Roland Reid, Mark Mackie, Trewin Somers. 

[Photo: Lorraine Mortensen]


Victoria Park Pipe Band - Canmore Games 1999
Photo: Sharon Schmidt

 Tim Coffey (r) helps Fiona Francis with her pipes.

Marching in a parade in Billings, MT.

[Bands L-R] Saskatoon Police, Estevan PPCLI, Regina Police Service, Victoria Park, City of Regina

Performing in the ANAVets Hall in Regina.
Marching off: Regina Highland Games
Regina Highland Games

Nellie Small's Kilted Band

Nellie Small's Kilted Band 
Saskatoon 1930s & 40s 

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Famous Ladies' Pipe Band
I found this postcard in an antique shop in Regina, and I asked P-M Don McDonald and Donna Findlater
about this, and they identified it as Nellie Small's band from the 1930s. The Saskatoon Public Library also has a copy of this postcard, and their web site says that the band sold these card for 15¢ each to raise money for trips. The band did a lot of travelling to the USA and other places.

See large size photo | See back of card

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Nellie Small's Kilted Band on trip with delegates from Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina Weyburn and Moose Jaw to El Paso Texas and Juary, Mexico on opening of Highway 85.

Photo credit: LH-4034 by Free and Rea
Saskatoon Public Library - Local History

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As so often happens, we were contacted by a person who saw the archive, and had more material for it.
Thanks to Jill Rowlett of Dallas, TX for providing photos of the band.
Her mother, Isabel Douglas, was a member of the band. Isobel appears 4th from the right above.
Can anyone provide more names? You can click HERE to get a larger size.
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Isobel Douglas is the top row, 2nd from left. Photo courtesy of her daughter Jill Rowlett.
People interested in the Saskatchewan photos of that era can visit the "Gibson Photo" archive at the Glenbow Museum website, where they have digitized much of the collection.
I could not locate these photos in the Glengow collection. Can anyone provide more names? You can click HERE to get a larger size.

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In the photo above, Isobel Douglas is in the middle row, 4th in, with a drum.
Can anyone provide more names? You can click HERE to get a larger size.

Fraser Pipe Band (Regina)

The Regina Boys' Pipe Band
The Regina Boys' & Girls' Pipe Band
The Fraser Pipe Band
A Short History of the Fraser Pipe Band [PDF]

The Regina Boys' Pipe Band - 1930
This photo was taken of the original boys' band in about 1930-2. It was given to P-M John Wilson by a Mrs. Sutherland in 1976 when he came to Regina with his wife Margaret (Ireland) Wilson to teach the Fraser Pipe Band.
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 Regina Boys' Kiltie Band

This old Leader-Post newspaper clipping was sent in by Ward Faulkner, a long-time student of PM Neil Sutherland. 
This describes a trip to the US by the Regina band to help promote the Regina Grain Show.

The Regina Boys Pipe Band in the 1930s.
This photo would start a tradition in the band of having offical photos
taken on the steps of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.
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Regina Boys' Pipe Band
This photo of an old Leader-Post newspaper clipping was sent in by Bill Pritchard, former pipe major of Edmonton & District [then Big Rock] Grade 3 band. Bill was the first P-M of the Regina Boys' Pipe Band, later known as the Fraser Pipe Band. The band had this picture taken the first time they appeared in uniform. Many pictured are not piping [that we know of]. Doug Lutz played in the Maritimes, Bill Pritchard is in Nova Scotia, and Joanne Urquhart (now Bandur) was P-M of the Regina Police Service Pipe Band, and has since had a daughter play in and then teach the Fraser Pipe Band and the 96th Highlanders.


The Regina Boys and Girls Pipe Band
at the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Band Festival, 1968.
Back row (L-R): Doug Lutz, Rod Sim, Jeff Sim, Brian Wood, Larry Garth, Bill Pritchard (P/M).
Middle row (L-R): Janice Pritchard, Iain MacDonald, Dale McDermott, John Donnelly, Joanne Urquhart.
Front row (L-R): Dave Deck, Bruce Lutz (L/D), Hugh Eberhardt, Trevor Ewan, Tom Jones, Brian Alquhist, Allan Ireland.

The Regina Boys and Girls Pipe Band 
The Regina Boys and Girls Pipe Band 

The Regina Boys and Girls Pipe Band 

Travellers' Day Parade in Regina. This was one of the few occasions when instructor Andy McAnsh played with the band to boost numbers.

The Regina Boys and Girls Pipe Band 
Tuning for Travellers' Day Parade. L-R: Andy McAnsh, Iain MAcDonald, Joianne Urquhart. Bill Pritchard and Dave Dech can be seen across the circle.
The Regina Boys and Girls Pipe Band 

Selkirk Highland Games, July 1969
The band took a trip to the Selkirk Highland Games in the vinatge bus, pictured. L-R: Larry Garth, Brian Woods, Trevor Ewan, Jeff Sim?, Larry Dunn (in back), Joanne Urquhart, Janis Pritchard, Iain MacDonald, Dave Dech.

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Leader-Post article, July 1969
The band took a trip to the Selkirk Highland Games. Travelling in an un-airconditioned bus, the band
stopped for lunch at Virden, MB on the way. Temperatures reached 100°F on the way, and when the
band reached Selkirk, we slept in the hockey rink [boys] and a local church hall [girls].

Leader-Post article 1970
Back row, L-R: P/M Bill Pritchard, Larry Garth, Trevor Ewan (bass), Rod Sim, P/Sgt. Doug Lutz, Iain MacDonald
Front row: D/Cpl. Brian Alquhist, Dave Dech, Janice Pritchard, Joanne Urquhart, D/Sgt. Bruce Lutz, Alan Ireland
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The Fraser Pipe Band
Saskatchewan Legislature, 1970
Back row, L-R: P/M Doug Lutz, Ric Clemence, Iain MacDonald, P/Sgt. Rod Sim
2nd row: Louise Durnford, Laurie Dunn, Trevor Ewan (bass), Joanne Urquhart, Bonnie Durnford
3rd row: Pat Rappel, Dave Dech, Trevor Ewan (bass), D/Sgt. Bruce Lutz, Larry Dunn
Front row: Kay Tweedle, Doug Nixon, Dale Mcdermott, Allan Ireland


Moose Jaw Band Festival, 1970
Doug Lutz [L], Dale McDermitt [back], Iain MacDonald [front] and Rod Sim.

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Fraser Pipe Band parents' night
First Presbyterian Church
Front row, L-R: Betty Anne McDougall, Carmel Anderson, Instructor Andy McAnsh
Bass drummer is Ric Clemence, right in front is Brenda Brough, Tenor drummer Diane Gemmel.


The Fraser Pipe Band
This photo was taken at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Front L-R: Kay Tweedle, Doug Nixon, Mrs, Georgina Fraser [Band Patron], Dale Mcdermit, Alan Ireland
Middle Row L-R: Mr. Cline [Executive], Pat Rappel, Dave Dech, Trevor Ewan, D/Sgt. Bruce Lutz, Larry Dunn
3rd Row L-R: Cliff Durnford [Exec.], Louise Durnford, Lorie Dunn, Joanne Urquhart, Bonnie Durnford
4th Row: Fred and Enid Sim, P/M Doug Lutz, Ric Clemence, Iain MacDonald, Rod Sim, Gerry Dunn
Back row [parents]: Fred & Betty Urquhart, Betty Ann Lutz, Helen MacDonald, Betty King, Melita Clemence
[Thanks to Joanne (Urquhart) Bandur for filling in the blanks!]

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The Fraser Pipe Band
This photo was taken at the Saskatchewan Legislature.

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The Fraser Pipe Band
This photo was taken at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Front L-R: Rod Sim [bass drone], Doug Nixon, Joanne Urquhart, Iain MacDonald.
Graham Neill is the wee blonde guy in the 2nd row.

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Article from March 1972 Piping Times

This article was written by band member Iain MacDonald, and was published in the Piping Times in 1972.
[Image courtesy: The Piping Times]


Moose Jaw Kinsmen Band Festival

Back Row: Alan Stobbs, Ken Clemence, Brenda Brough, Mary Ann Houston, Cathy Clemence, Joanne Urquhart, P/Sgt. Doug Nixon
Middle Row: P/M Iain MacDonald, Betty Anne McDougall, Rod MacDonald, Bruce Black, Sandy Smith, Dianne Gemmel
Front row:Sharon Stobbs, Beth England, Arlene Clemence, Ric Clemence, D/Sgt Bruce Lutz, Fergus MacMillan, Jamie Aitken

Tuning Drones.
Joanne Urquhart and Iain MacDonald
Slow Air event at Mid-Canada Championship
Winnipeg, MB. 1974
Slow Air event at Mid-Canada Championship
Winnipeg, MB. 1974
On the line at Selkirk
Waiting to play at Selkirk Games, 1975. L-R: (Front Row) Iain MacDonald, Joanne Urquhart, Doug Nixon, (2nd row) Betty Anne McDougall, Ken Clemence, Sandy Smith, (3rd row) Ros MacDonald, Mary Ann Houston. Snare drummer Jamie Aitken at back right. Bass drummer Ric Clemence. Others not seen are tenor drummers Beth England, Sharon Stobbs and Diane Gemmel, L-D Bruce Lutz, drummer Rob Houston.
Tuning by the river at Selkirk
Waiting to play at Selkirk Games, 1975. L-R: Diane Gemmel, Sharon Stobbs, Beth England (drummers, with backs to camera), Iain MacDonald, Ken Clemence, Sany Smith (hidden), Mary Ann Houston (back to camera), Brenda Brough. 
FPB Tenor Drummers
Waiting to play at Selkirk Games, 1975. L-R: Beth England, Sharon Stobbs, Diane Gemmel
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Canadian Pipe Band Champioships

Back Row: P/Sgt. Doug Nixon, Jamie Aitken, Betty Anne McDougall,Mary Ann Houston, Rob Stobbs
Front row: P/M Iain MacDonald, Sandy Smith, Sharon Stobbs, Dianne Gemmel, Graham Neill,
Rob Houston, Barbara McDougall, D/Sgt Bruce Lutz

The PPBA held a championship in the spring to choose a Saskatchewan representative, and
the Fraser Pipe Band won. The band travelled to Ottawa, where it placed 3rd in the Canadian and 5th on the Open Grade 3 Championship against the best bands from every province in Canada.
The band also performed in a large tattoo.

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 Leader-Post clipping about the Ottawa trip. July 1975.

Selkirk Highland Games

L-R: Iain MacDonald, Bruce Black, Bruce Lutz, Rob Stobbs, Jamie Aitken, Mary Ann Houston, Jim Watt, Doug Nixon
Front: Diane Gemmel, Sharon Stobbs, Barbara McDougall, Ric Clemence [kneeling],
Rob Houston, Tim Coffey, Graham Neill

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Leader-Post clipping. July 1975.
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Silver Chanter Presentation
November, 1975
The Fraser Pipe Band at one time presented outgoing pipe-majors with a presentation practice chanter. Mrs. Georgina Fraser (L) presents a  chanter to Iain MacDonald. Looking on at right is Band President, Frederick England.
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LeaderPost story about Mrs. Fraser- June 1976
Mrs. Georgina Fraser came to Canada from Scotland to farm, and she instrumental
in reforming the band in the 1960s. By this time, she was retired in Regina, and
for many years she played an active role, including as band patron.
She purchased 15 sets of R.G. Hardie silver and ivory bagpipes for the band, and
new drums and other equipment.

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Leader-Post story, June, 1976.
Mrs. Fraser signing a photo of the band.
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Scotland Fundraising - December 1978
Barbara McDougall and Tim Coffey pipe during part of Fraser's 24-hour pipe-a-thon
to raise money for the 1979 Scotland trip. The band played for 24-hours in shifts
at Darke Hall in Regina.

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From the Yorkton paper - 1979
Barbara McDougall pipes for Provincial Curling Championship.

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From the Yorkton paper - 1979
Barbara McDougall and Cathy Felstrom pipe for Provincial Curling Championship.


Fraser Pipe Band at Regina City Hall - 1979
This was the year that the band travelled to Scotland. P/M was Barbara McDougall,
P/Sgt Cathy Clemence and D/Sgt Jamie Aitken.

Fraser Pipe Band at Carluke Highland Games - 1979

Fraser Pipe Band at Carluke Highland Games - 1979

A report on the Carluke Highland Games i the local paper.

Fraser Pipe Band at Carluke Highland Games - 1979

A report on the Carluke Highland Games in the Leader-Post.

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Members of the band meet with the Provost and his wife at Dumfries.The Provost has a go at Barb McDougall's pipes.

Leader-Post Article.
Mrs. Georgina Fraser, the band's patron, dies. Mrs. Fraser and her late husband Alex came from Scotland, worked on farms, and eventually owned their own, north of the city. When the city expansion took over their land, they made a significant amount of money, and still lived modestly in a north-Regina home. Mrs. Fraser made significant contributions to the band over the years, helping with equipment and travel, including in 1968 12 sets of silver and ivory R.G. Hardie pipes, and 6 Premier "Super Royal Scot" chrome snare drums.
Fraser Pipe Band at Saskatchewan Championships (1981)
The Sask Championships were held in Yorkton for the first time, and run by the Yorkton and District Pipe Band and long-time SPBA Treasurer Eva Gillard and husband Dave Gillard.

Fraser Pipe Band at Saskatchewan Legislature (1983)
Band Director Iain MacCrimmon back row left.

The Bonnie Bluebells Pipe Band

Anyone want to contribute a history? 


The Bonnie Bluebells

For many years, there was a girls' pipe band in Saskatoon. Old postcards exist of the "Saskatoon Girls Pipe Band" from before WWII, and in the 1960s the "Bonnie Bluebells" band was formed, and they were active until the 1980s. Many current members of the NSR and Saskatoon Police bands were once members of the Bluebells.

Photo: Chris Rae


The Bonnie Bluebells

Back: Elaine Pepper, Donna Fraser, Myrna Murray, Wendy McDermid, Kendra Petty, Trudy Barrett, Georgina Petty

Centre: Sonia Ford, Pam Rouse, Heather McIntosh, Brenda Clark, Isabel Clubb, Margaret McIntosh, Lynda Lyon, Sharon Ludlow

Front: Bev Will, Brenda Murray, Heather Gray, Terry Martens, Kathy Meyers, Linda West, Laverne Dunn, Rose Martens

The photo was taken in the spring of 1967 at the Legion in downtown Saskatoon.
Photo: Chris Rae; names provided by Sharon Ludlow.


1965 Star-Phoenix Article - Part 1

clipping: courtesy Donna & Gordon Findlater


1965 Star-Phoenix Article - Part 2

clipping: courtesy Donna & Gordon Findlater


The Bonnie Bluebells

Here the Bluebells are playing for the opening of Gardiner Dam, one of the province's big Centennial projects in 1967. All Saskatchewan school children were issued with a commemorative coin, so it was a big deal in those days.

Photo: Chris Rae

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At the Moose Jaw International Band Festival- MAY 1968
BACK AND MIDDLE ROW (left to right):

Gena Petty, __________, Glenys Stambuck, _________, Judy Mitchell (hatand nose visible), Kendra Petty, ___________, ____________, Isabel Clubb,

Lynda Lyon (a total of 10 pipers).

__________, Bev Will, _________Frances Meyers, ___________,__________, ____________ (a total of 7 drummers).

Photo courtesy of: Isabel [Clubb] Ward

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Moose Jaw Kinsmen Band Festival

Left to right: Lynda Lyon, Glenys Stambuck, Isabel Clubb, Judy Mitchell,Gena Petty (5 pipers).

These are professional photos taken by Firestone Photographs in Columbus,Ohio (stamped on back of both photos)

Photo courtesy of: Isabel [Clubb] Ward

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Back Row (L-R): Dawn Rutherford, Valerie Gray, Joanne Bocking, Susan
Thacker, Sandy Thacker
Middle Row (L-R): Maureen O'Neill, Jill Hodgkinson, Lorraine Jungwirth,
Brenda Williams
Fron Row (L-R): Eleanor Gray, Sandra Castle, Patricia Thacker, Terri Poole

[Photo: Terri Olver]


Bluebells in 1980
Back Row (L-R): Terri Poole, Carrie Murdoff, Lisa Haatvedt, Jill Binder,
Gale Russell, Carla Spratt, Susan Mowat, Sandy Castle
Front Row (L-R): Cori Spratt, Sandy Thacker, Sheila Slater, Joanne
Jungwirth, Glenda Hiebert, Margot de la Gorgendiere, Sandra Jungwirth,
Maureen O'Neill, Lorraine Jungwirth

[Photo: Terri Olver]

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In this picture, L-R, Eleanor Gray (not in uniform), Terri Poole (Bonnie
Bluebells), Linda Lee (Sprigs O'Heather). This was taken for the MJ Times Herald in
1974 at the Moose Jaw (indoor) competition that was held in early spring.

[Photo: Terri Olver]

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