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The Piano Now Standing on Platform Three

Coastival piano

Train travellers leaving or arriving in Scarborough could be playing some tracks of their own thanks to a handily-placed piano!

The organisers of Scarborough arts festival Coastival have placed a piano in the station in the lead up to the event, for anyone to play.

Coastival starts on Friday (12th February) but before then the piano – donated to Coastival and beautifully decorated – will appear, with the sign: ‘Coastival 2016 - Feel free to play me....fill Scarborough station with music.’

Coastival director Wendy Holroyd explained:
“What better way to get into the mood for Coastival!

“When we were donated the piano we wondered what we could do with it in the run up to Coastival.

“Then we hit upon the idea of having it at the station for anyone waiting for a train to while away a few moments picking out a tune or anyone arriving in Scarborough to play too.

“Thanks to First TransPennine Express and artists Gaby Naptali and Liz Collier the piano will be there at the station in all its glory – ready and waiting for someone to play it. So come on, everyone … don’t be shy!”

David Hatfield, FTPE Station Manager at Scarborough, commented:

"I think it's fantastic that we can support Coastival by giving a piano a home at Scarborough station. It looks great and I'm looking forward to hearing a few tunes, courtesy of our customers!"

The piano will be there from now, throughout Coastival weekend and until the end of half-term week.

Coastival bursts into life in Scarborough from 12th to 14th February.

More than 100 events and attractions – the majority of them free – will be staged in and around Scarborough. It begins on Friday evening (12th February) with a seafront parade of giant ships and sea creatures as Ireland-based Spraoi recreate the epic ‘Endurance’ expedition to the South Pole.

That will raise the curtain for the rest of Coastival, which will feature music, theatre, fine art and installations plus activities for children.

Rock band Cast will headline the music offering with a concert at the Spa Grand Hall on the evening of Friday 12th February, supported by Two Skies.

Full details of all the events and activities, including start times and ticket details, are available at

Copies of the Coastival 2016 programme are available from Woodend, Scarborough Spa, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Mojo’s, the YMCA, The Street, the Rotunda, Scarborough Library, the Art Gallery and a host of other cafes, shops and galleries.

Tickets for all the concerts are on sale now via the Spa box office and Coastival website at

A number of special offer tickets for music and films are also available. See the website for details.

For more information on Coastival visit

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