Saturday | August 25th 2018 | 9am – 6pm
N.L.A.S. Fairgrounds in Almonte, Ontario
Celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley at the 35th annual North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte, Ontario. The Games offer a traditional format and size attracting about 6,000 visitors. Twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to present what is recognized as one of the Ottawa Valley’s premier summer events.
With mini games and free admission for kids and the picturesque Mississippi River as the backdrop, the Almonte Games have a reputation not only as having the prettiest site but also as being the friendliest Games on the Ontario circuit.
Guest of Honour
Reg is the son of Dr. Don & Violet Gamble of Maxville. His father is most probably best remembered as one of the 5 men who founded the Glengarry Highland Games, a world class tourist event and the host of
the North American Pipe Band Championships.
Reg graduated as a Funeral Director from the University of Toronto in 1967. In 1973 he purchased the Comba Funeral Home, now known as the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. In 2009, Reg was recognized by his fellow professionals, when the Ontario Funeral Service Association presented him with “The Cornerstone” award, given for outstanding dedication and contributions to his profession and the public. The award particularly recognized Gamble’s effort’s to advocate towards more dignified funerals for indigent people in Ontario.
Reg has served as the Emcee for the North Lanark Highland Games since it started 35 years ago. He has also emceed the Glengarry Highland Games for the past 28 years. The emcee position turned out to be something of a talent or curse, depending on who you talk to, since Reg has subsequently been asked to use his talents at everything from dance recitals to community events in various venues around Eastern Ontario, including the RCMP Musical ride, The Red Rally, showing support for Almonte and area soldiers who were being deployed to Afghanistan. Canada Day celebrations, Celt Fest, and Gospel Fest.
Over the years he has served with The Ottawa District Funeral Service Association, The Ontario Funeral Service Association, The Canadian Professional Funeral Directors Association, the Almonte General Hospital Board, The Almonte Lions Club, St. Mary’s Parish Council, Almonte Legion, Branch 240, and the North Lanark Highland Games. He received the Queens Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals as well as various other honours.
Reg and his wife Gail reside in Almonte, and have two sons, Josh and Jake, and two grandchildren.
RCAF Pipes and Drums Ottawa
We are pleased to host the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums, Ottawa, as our duty band for 2018. The band was officially created on October 7, 1949 as the RCAF Station Rockliffe Pipe Band, as holds the distinction as the longest serving RCAF Pipe Band in Canada. In more recent years, the band was headquartered at CFB Uplands in Ottawa and known as the Air Command Pipes and Drums, until August of 2011 when it was renamed as the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums.
Due to its location in the Nation’s Capital, the band is frequently called upon to perform at official functions related to the visits of the Royal Family and heads of state. It has represented the Canadian Forces on numerous engagements including NORAD-sponsored activities, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and Canada’s 1967 Centennial Military Tattoo as well as events overseas. The band also served as duty band at the North Lanark Highland Games in 1990 and 1991. The band is also a familiar presence at the National Remembrance Ceremony on November 11th, Canada Day on Parliament Hill, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.
The Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums are under the direction of Pipe Major Malcolm Odell, With the exception of the Pipe Major and Drum Sergeant, the band is comprised entirely of volunteers, both military and civilian. The band has multiple recordings and have most recently completed a recording to celebrate The Air force Century of Flight. The band wears the distinctive Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) tartan and looks impressive in its full highland dress. For more information visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RCAFPD/