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SYDNEY is more than a city of beautiful places. It is also home to some wonderful characters and larrikins.
With our campaign in full swing The Standard visited Barry Gray, of the Sydney School of Piping and Drumming, as he taught his students the ancient art of the bagpipe.
Every night Mr Gray’s St Clair home turns into a music room where he teaches young kids to master the Scots’ favourite wind instrument.
While beginners are taught on practice chanters first, more advanced students earn the right to play their own bagpipe.
When he’s not teaching, Mr Gray is a fulltime performer who does funerals and weddings and has shared stages around the world with the likes of Paul McCartney, John Farnham and Bryan Adams.
Another familiar face in the community is Wes Marne, fondly known as Uncle Wes.
The 94-year-old from Blackett is an Aboriginal elder, a Bigambul man, who has spent decades sharing his culture with preschoolers through to the region’s elderly.
“My father was a storyteller because his father was a storyteller, and his father and his father,” Mr Marne said.
Uncle Wes, who makes regular school appearances, is so well-known by youngsters in the area they call out his name and wave when he walks by.
Uncle Wes also works with the Western Sydney University and social services in the area.
Leading up to November 16 we’ve asked readers to start practising their skills behind the camera’s lens. Following on from characters and larrikins, now it is time to show us your passions and what you really love. It could be food or cooking, the great outdoors, your pets or your sporting team. Get snapping and go online to see galleries of the best #SnapSydney pictures.
Piper Barry Gray with his students, drummer Jaxson Gray, 9, Kyle Morrison, 13, and Lachlan Wiggins, 16. Inset: Aboriginalnal elder Wes Marne,Marne better knknown as Uncle Wes. s.