Current track

Title

Artist

Current show

The Drive Home

16:00 19:00


Mystery over the ‘public piano’ at the roadside in rural Barnsley

Written by on 27/10/2020

‘Open’ pianos became an institution at railway stations from Sheffield to St Pancras before coronovirus put them out of bounds – but this alternative on a rural Barnsley lane has no such social distancing problems.

It is unclear just when the upright piano was placed in it’s countryside location near the village of Oxspring, or why it was left there.

But it is known to have been standing at the roadside since at least May and was taken to heart by locals, with some stopping to knock out a tune on the keyboard.

It has opened up online speculation, with a suggestion it could be an example of upmarket fly-tipping dismissed by those who have seen the enjoyment it has brought locally.

It has also provoked jokes, with one comment referring to the “country music” it produces.

However, it’s days as a source of impromptu entertainment may be numbered – as months exposed to British weather with no more protection than the trees which shroud it will inevitably take their toll, particularly as winter approaches.

And it seems the instrument has also received some unwelcome attention as anyone tempted to tickle the ivories will discover.

The keys are still there, but have been stripped of their white and black coatings.