- Title: BELGIUM: GIANT CLOG GIVEN PLACE OF HONOUR AT THE LA LOUVIERE CARNIVAL
- Date: 17th February 2001
- Summary: LA LOUVIERE, SOUTHWEST BELGIUM (FEBRUARY 17, 2001) (REUTERS) 1. MV/SCU RETIRED MILKMAN RENE PASQUIER SITTING IN THE CLOG HE MADE (2 SHOTS) 0.13 2. PAN OF THE 5.31 METRES LONG CLOG 0.24 3. TOP SHOT OF CLOG, ONE OF MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF PARADE; SV: PASQUIER STANDING IN THE CLOG (2 SHOTS) 0.46 4. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (French) PASQUIER "It's a kind of tribute to my grandfather who was a clog-maker. After his death in 1947, I collected all his tools and with the help of my uncles - I started making clogs. I needed all the explanations from my uncles, because my grandfather was already retired when I was born. So, I started this as a hobby." 1.18 5. VARIOUS: PASQUIER SITTING IN THE CLOG (4 SHOTS) 1.44 6. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (French) PASQUIER "If a Gilles without clogs walks behind you, you won't turn around, because it is not a real Gilles, you won't hear him. The clog makes the Gilles. For the people of the region here, it is heartwarming when they hear the knocking of the clogs." 2.04 7. SCU/SV CLOGS WORN BY A GROUP OF MINERS DRESSED IN LOCAL LA LOUVIERE COSTUME (3 SHOTS) 2.26 8. SLV CARNIVAL PARADE; SCU CLOWN RIDING FUNNY BYCICLE-PLANE IN PARADE; SCU PEOPLE WATCHING THE PARADE (3 SHOTS) 2.45 9. SCU PASQUIER WAVING AT PEOPLE 2.50 10. PAN CLOG IN PARADE 3.10 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 4th March 2001 12:00
- Location: LA LOUVIERE, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Reuters ID: LVA9O6FWK9SMIO86ITXVXCUJ0ECI
- Story Text: The carnival season in the Belgian town of La Louviere
has begun. This year, the place of honour in the carnival
parade has been given to a giant clog, measuring 5.3 metres
and weighing one ton.
Among its traditions of the carnival season in Belgium
are the famous Gilles de Binche with their oranges and their
clogs. In La Louviere, close to Binche, where the carnival has
already begun, the place of honour has been given to the clogs
with the creation of a giant clog.
Retired milkman Rene Pasquier, 69, is posing in what he
claims is the world's biggest clog at the start of the
carnival in La Louviere.
The clog, which is 5.31 metres long and weighs one ton,
took Pasquier 165 hours to carve from a five ton tree trunk.
It took him 10 months to make the clog, because he had to work
in stages as the wood was not dry enough. Pasquier is
following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a
Rene Pasquier hopes the clog will soon enter the Guinness
Book of Records.
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