Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (21:20:02): Maitland City Pipes and Drums was formed in 1947 and traces its roots back to the ancient origins of Scotland and Ireland—just like me. For generations, Maitland City Pipes and Drums have set the tone for our commemorative services, concerts, weddings and funerals. With distinctive clan Maitland tartan, the thump of the tenor drums and the distinctive pipers, they have provided the soundtrack to some of our most important civic and community events.

The annual Maitland Tattoo is an annual event that normally sells out each year. Its popularity reaches beyond those with strong ties to Celtic culture. Inspired by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Maitland Tattoo features music, dancing, supper and, of course, tartan but also incorporates music and dance from other cultures.

While COVID has sadly curtailed many of our events, the Maitland City Pipes and Drums continue to work for our city through innovative ways in preparation for a time when the pipes and drums can again ring loud through our city.

I humbly thank the pipes and drums for the invitation to be their patron and honour their heraldic motto, "consilio et animis"—wisdom and courage.