Resident of Oxford Crest Bundamba Betty McCrindle playing Amazing Grace on the 100-year-old piano.
Resident of Oxford Crest Bundamba Betty McCrindle playing Amazing Grace on the 100-year-old piano. Sarah Harvey

Old piano to play tuneful new role

A HANDSOME old German piano that has already brought years of joy into the life of an Ipswich family could have been destined for the scrapheap if not for the charitable thinking of its owners.

Narelle Jenkins inherited the 98-year-old piano from her father, Norm Tanner, after he died about 25 years ago.

When Mrs Jenkins was moving house in January last year, she had no room for it and asked her brother Gary Tanner if he could take it.

Due to the timing of the move, Mr Tanner said he saw an opportunity to help flood victims by donating the piano to someone who needed it more than he did.

"We saw images on the TV of someone's piano floating down the street and straight away started asking around about who might need one," Mr Tanner said.

Their inquiries led them to the the Oxford Crest home for over 55s in Bundamba, which was badly damaged by floods.

The piano was officially handed over on Wednesday, with Oxford Crest resident Betty McCrindle banging out the first singalong tune - Amazing Grace.

"It was my father's piano. His mother purchased it for him from WH Paling and Co in 1914," Mr Tanner said.

"It cost 79 pounds - which was a lot of money back then - and she had to pay it off on lay-by over three years."

Oxford Crest manager Liz Wood said the piano was a welcome gift following a hard year for residents.



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