Vandals destroy store’s popular piano

MARK Beech-Ross is devastated after vandals destroyed Sheffield’s community piano on Saturday night.
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The owner of Sheffield Antiques Emporium had placed the Collard & Collard piano outside his store for the community to enjoy.

“Little old ladies from the nursing home would sit down for half an hour and play the piano beautifully,” he said.

“Foreign students studying music would come to visit and just make this piano sing.”

Mr Beech-Ross said the piano – which is locked up each night – was beyond repair.

“They took the top off and reefed it across to the pub then they stomped on its internal mechanisms _ it’s just firewood now,” he said.

“It’s got to stop, we need to take a stand on this.”

He said the piano encouraged the community members, both young and old, to bond.

“We did it to create an interactive experience for everyone in the community,” he said.

“We’d often get quite a crowd and it just brought everyone together to create this intergenerational bond.”

Mr Beech-Ross is hoping they find another piano to sit outside the store.

“If anyone has a piano they don’t want anymore, we’d love to have it … we’ll even come and pick it up,” he said.

Mr Beech-Ross has contacted Sheffield police in relation to the incident.

If you have a piano you would like to donate to the store, contact Mark Beech-Ross on 6491 2404.

DAMAGE: Sheffield Antiques Emporium owner Mark Beech-Ross is devastated by the destruction of the community piano. Picture: Katrina Dodd.

If anyone has any information in regards to the incident, contact Sheffield police on 6491 1240 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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