Blackburn Market shoppers get a chance to play grand piano

MUSICAL From left Samuel Hudson, Mark Smith – who set up the scheme, Anthony Bonner, market manager Keith Holden and stall holders Helen Brooks and Katie Elliott, Ethan Walsh, John Turner, Pete Ainsworth and Sharon Green

MUSICAL From left Samuel Hudson, Mark Smith – who set up the scheme, Anthony Bonner, market manager Keith Holden and stall holders Helen Brooks and Katie Elliott, Ethan Walsh, John Turner, Pete Ainsworth and Sharon Green

First published in News

MUSICAL shoppers at Blackburn Market are getting a chance to make their own tuneful addition to the seasonal festivities on a grand piano brought in for the pre-Christmas period.

The classical Bechstein Grand is by the main entrance from Church Street between the The Exchange Coffee Company, Artisan Row and the Blackburn with Darwen visitors’ information centre.

Passers-by will be able to knock out a tune of their choice to entertain shoppers and stallholders.

The man behind the scheme Mark Smith, who runs the coffee bar and Artisan Row, hopes local shoppers with talent will add to the festive atmosphere.

Mr Smith said: “Last year we had pianos in the town centre which got a good response so I decided to get a real Bechstein Grand, the type played by Paul McCartney on Hey Jude, to show off the talents of local people and boost the makrt’s pre-Christmas atmosphere.”

Blackburn Market manager Keith Holden said:“We’re delighted with the arrival of the grand piano, just in time for Christmas.”

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10:14pm Thu 13 Dec 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Great idea!
Lets start with the Funeral March? followed by "The End" by the doors? Then perhaps "Sorry seems to be the Hardest word" from our "New Labour" advocates then "I'm a Believer" from the Bishop of Blackburn". "Highway to Hell" would be good from whoever is responsible for the disgrace that is "Barbara Cartland Way" and to finish by way of a comment on the failed immigration and multicultural policies that have been imposed on the town what about the Alice Cooper Classic " Welcome to my Nightmare".

The list is endless it really is!

Deus Vobiscum




Deus Vobiscum
Great idea! Lets start with the Funeral March? followed by "The End" by the doors? Then perhaps "Sorry seems to be the Hardest word" from our "New Labour" advocates then "I'm a Believer" from the Bishop of Blackburn". "Highway to Hell" would be good from whoever is responsible for the disgrace that is "Barbara Cartland Way" and to finish by way of a comment on the failed immigration and multicultural policies that have been imposed on the town what about the Alice Cooper Classic " Welcome to my Nightmare". The list is endless it really is! Deus Vobiscum Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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10:24pm Thu 13 Dec 12

sean_brfc says...

For goodness sake Deo, just do one!
For goodness sake Deo, just do one! sean_brfc
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11:28pm Thu 13 Dec 12

cathedral citi says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Great idea!
Lets start with the Funeral March? followed by "The End" by the doors? Then perhaps "Sorry seems to be the Hardest word" from our "New Labour" advocates then "I'm a Believer" from the Bishop of Blackburn". "Highway to Hell" would be good from whoever is responsible for the disgrace that is "Barbara Cartland Way" and to finish by way of a comment on the failed immigration and multicultural policies that have been imposed on the town what about the Alice Cooper Classic " Welcome to my Nightmare".

The list is endless it really is!

Deus Vobiscum




Deus Vobiscum
Goodness me! You really do need to loosen up a little, you faux Latin nincompoop....... If you don't like here, bugger off, mate!

I've just got back from a fantastic evening in Blackburn. Great procession, fab fireworks, followed by a cathedral service..... Town was buzzing.... Talking about buzzing.....
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Great idea! Lets start with the Funeral March? followed by "The End" by the doors? Then perhaps "Sorry seems to be the Hardest word" from our "New Labour" advocates then "I'm a Believer" from the Bishop of Blackburn". "Highway to Hell" would be good from whoever is responsible for the disgrace that is "Barbara Cartland Way" and to finish by way of a comment on the failed immigration and multicultural policies that have been imposed on the town what about the Alice Cooper Classic " Welcome to my Nightmare". The list is endless it really is! Deus Vobiscum Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]Goodness me! You really do need to loosen up a little, you faux Latin nincompoop....... If you don't like here, bugger off, mate! I've just got back from a fantastic evening in Blackburn. Great procession, fab fireworks, followed by a cathedral service..... Town was buzzing.... Talking about buzzing..... cathedral citi
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8:54am Fri 14 Dec 12

Excluded again says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Great idea!
Lets start with the Funeral March? followed by "The End" by the doors? Then perhaps "Sorry seems to be the Hardest word" from our "New Labour" advocates then "I'm a Believer" from the Bishop of Blackburn". "Highway to Hell" would be good from whoever is responsible for the disgrace that is "Barbara Cartland Way" and to finish by way of a comment on the failed immigration and multicultural policies that have been imposed on the town what about the Alice Cooper Classic " Welcome to my Nightmare".

The list is endless it really is!

Deus Vobiscum




Deus Vobiscum
A great example of what is so wrong with our country.

Someone tries to something good and positive but it is rubbished straightaway. Anyone who tries anything must be dragged down before they have a chance to succeed.

Well done to the people who have taken this intiative. At least you are trying, unlike the naysayers who want to drag everything down so that they can wallow in their own misery.
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Great idea! Lets start with the Funeral March? followed by "The End" by the doors? Then perhaps "Sorry seems to be the Hardest word" from our "New Labour" advocates then "I'm a Believer" from the Bishop of Blackburn". "Highway to Hell" would be good from whoever is responsible for the disgrace that is "Barbara Cartland Way" and to finish by way of a comment on the failed immigration and multicultural policies that have been imposed on the town what about the Alice Cooper Classic " Welcome to my Nightmare". The list is endless it really is! Deus Vobiscum Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]A great example of what is so wrong with our country. Someone tries to something good and positive but it is rubbished straightaway. Anyone who tries anything must be dragged down before they have a chance to succeed. Well done to the people who have taken this intiative. At least you are trying, unlike the naysayers who want to drag everything down so that they can wallow in their own misery. Excluded again
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10:02am Fri 14 Dec 12

woolywords says...

Anyone see the little kid palying it on Friday morning? His feet couldn't reach the pedals but he couldn't half drive it along. I was well impressed.

A few years ago, they did a similar thing in Liverpool and it was a great success. We were sat in the pub next to one and they were taking turns to go outside, in the snowstorm, to play it.
The funniest bit is where someone goes outside, plays a few bars of a tune, the pub starts singing along and the player comes in for a drink. Loved it..
Anyone see the little kid palying it on Friday morning? His feet couldn't reach the pedals but he couldn't half drive it along. I was well impressed. A few years ago, they did a similar thing in Liverpool and it was a great success. We were sat in the pub next to one and they were taking turns to go outside, in the snowstorm, to play it. The funniest bit is where someone goes outside, plays a few bars of a tune, the pub starts singing along and the player comes in for a drink. Loved it.. woolywords
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11:55am Fri 14 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

This will just confuse and anger the local Neanderthals as they waddle by scraping their hairy knuckles on the floor occasionally waving their fists shouting at the mysterious big black thing that "talks" sounds.

I can just see it now, like a scene straight out of the film 2001 a Space Odyssey with the apes jumping around all excited at the arrival of the big black monolith !!!!
This will just confuse and anger the local Neanderthals as they waddle by scraping their hairy knuckles on the floor occasionally waving their fists shouting at the mysterious big black thing that "talks" sounds. I can just see it now, like a scene straight out of the film 2001 a Space Odyssey with the apes jumping around all excited at the arrival of the big black monolith !!!! George White Bread
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