Even the rain couldn't dampen the mood as the Hastings District Highland Pipe Band celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, November 30.
The celebration at the Town Green was enjoyed by around 100 people and attended by Cowper MP Pat Conaghan and Port Macquarie Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson.
Past members also were there, including 94-year-old former base drummer Ross Drummond.
Janice Parkin who considers herself a "groupie" of the pipe band said she was "delighted" to be there.
"I just love the music," she said.
Originally part of the Macleay Valley Pipe Band, the Port Macquarie-Hastings band split off to form its own entity.
"We were originally based in Wauchope and enjoyed great support from the RSL Club out there," said drummer Jim Turnbull.
"Now, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council provides us an annual grant to help cover running costs."
Mr Turnbull said numbers were strong but they were always looking out for new members.
"We are going well," he said.
"We teach people and try to develop as many overall talents as we possibly can."
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