A community piano has taken up residence outside the Warkworth i-SITE in Baxter Street. The instrument is a gift to the town from the Lions Club of Warkworth to mark the international organisation’s Centennial Year. Members of the club were on hand to christen the piano with an old-fashioned sing-a-long.
Club president Peter Henderson says the idea was to give the community something it can enjoy. “It’s on wheels so we envisage it being moved around the town on occasions,” he says. One Warkworth manager Murray Chapman congratulated the club on the gift. “Anything that adds a bit of life and vitality to the town is terrific,” he says. “I hope it encourages singers and groups like the ukulele people to give impromptu concerts.”
The piano was donated by Karen Caulfield and painted by Lions member Bruce Clegg. The initiative was supported by local businesses Gubbs Motors, Totally Wrapped Signs, Transcon and Warkworth Engravers. “Music is a universal language so the visitors centre seems like an ideal home for the piano,” Peter says.