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British removers hit a wrong note with piano

DROP £45,000 INSTRUMENT OFF THE BACK OF A LORRY

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British removal men showed that moving grand pianos was not their forte by dropping a £45,000 (Dh324,000) instrument off the back of a lorry, media reported yesterday.

The 9-foot long Bosendorfe­r concert grand was being delivered to the Two Moors Musical Festival in Devon, southwest England, where locals had spent two years raising the money to buy it.

For two years music lovers dedicated themselves to raising the money to buy a grand piano for their music festival. Not just any piano, but a magnificen­t £45,000 concert grand from Bîsendorfe­r.

Captured on camera

The piano was purchased, a firm of piano movers was engaged, and the Bosendorfe­r transporte­d from London to Devon.

All that remained was to get the piano out of the removals van and into the concert hall at Barkham, near South Molton. And then they dropped it.

The entire scene was captured on camera by former Dubai and Muscat resident, Penny Adie, 54, the organiser of the Two Moors Festival. She had been hoping to create a lasting reminder of the piano’s triumphant arrival at the gallery and arts centre - but instead snapped the moment when the piano caught on the side of the lorry and fell 14 feet.

After toppling off the tail lift the piano bounced off the gravel drive and plunged over a bank before landing on a set of granite steps with an enormous crash.

Adie’s husband John, 61, who runs the festival, said the piano was almost certainly a write-off because it was impossible to check how many of its 10,000 moving parts were undamaged. The piano was insured but only for the £26,000 (Dh187,200) they paid for it rather than its replacemen­t value of £45,000.

John said: “The lid was smashed and there was cosmetic damage but a half a ton of piano landing like that must have had a catastroph­ic effect on its workings.”

A local farmer brought a tractor to pull the piano off the steps and it was sent back to London so the damage could be assessed.

The piano movers, G&R Removals of Chiswick, refused to comment.

 ?? AFP ?? Piano movers react after a Bosendorfe­r grand piano, in foreground, valued at £45,000 crashed to the ground after being unloaded from a lorry on Tuesday in Sandyway, England.
AFP Piano movers react after a Bosendorfe­r grand piano, in foreground, valued at £45,000 crashed to the ground after being unloaded from a lorry on Tuesday in Sandyway, England.

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