28 June 2012

Piano in the caves!

As an Upland Ranger our jobs can be quite varied, one day we’ll be on the top of a mountain on a drain run, the next removing a piano from a disused quarry, yes you did read that right! As you may expect this wasn’t a normal everyday request, indeed I doubt it will be a request again in the near future, but as jobs go it was definitely an interesting and challenging one.

Nick testing the piano out
  
Althouth it is a rare request I can understand why the piano would be there in the first place.  Slate quarries are renowned for their acoustic qualities, world famous saxophonist Snake Davis can be quoted as saying that Honister Slate mine in Borrowdale has “the best acoustics for solo sax” he has “ever come across".  So it would fit that the acoustics in out quarry are just as good, above you can see Nick having a little play.  This was all procrastination however for the task in hand and somehow the piano had to come out.  Thankfully Richard had some wise word for us before we left Boon Crag, “think like an Egyptian”…

So think like an Egyptian we did as we carried some old fence posts into the Quarry.  Then it was a case of lift and pull the piano over the rollers, bringing rollers from the front to the back, moving quite rapidly once we got into a rhythm.  In fact before we knew it we were at the light at the end of the tunnel and the trailer was in sight. 

Thinking like an Egyptian!

Nearly out

With some delicate manoeuvring around the fencing at the entrance to the cavern we were ready to load it onto the trailer and take away to hopefully its new home at Wray Castle.  First though they need to check it hasn’t got wood worm or any other bugs that shouldn’t be taken into the house and potentially cause some damage.  If it gets the all clear, then Wray Castle may be filled with some beautiful music!

Final push onto the trailer

On the way to Wray castle


Post & photos by Sarah, Upland Ranger in footpath team.

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