St.Ann’s Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is the site of the Gaelic College, founded in 1938 by Rev. A.W.R. MacKenzie as a school for the study and preservation of the Gaelic language and Celtic arts and culture.
Located in the heart of the earliest Scottish settlement in Cape Breton,it began as a school of Gaelic language in a small log cabin overlooking St. Ann’s Bay. Since then it has expanded and now has an international reputation. The only institution of its kind in North America, students of all ages and ability travel here from around the world to study.
In my much younger days I operated the sound system for the annual Gaelic Mod, where students performed in dance,piping and other Scottish traditional activities. In those days I didn’t have a camera.This was the Mod in the summer of 1957, when I did have one.
Here, the students are marching onto the stage, led by the Pipes and Drums, followed by dancers and others, where they will perform before a panel of teachers and judges.
I especially like this photo, because my Dad (with his favourite brown hat),and my Aunt, are sitting in the bottom right of the image
Taken with an Exakta 35mm. SLR, Ektachrome film and an F.2.0 Biotar lens. Scanned with a Canoscan 4000US scanner in 2004.