Man in tune for gruelling climb

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The 'Paino Fan' Dance team

The ‘Piano Fan’ Dance team

A Wallasey man climbed Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons while carrying a piano, cheered on by a team of five supporters.

Steve Price carried the piano on his back to raise money for Meningitis UK and was joined by his brother Tommy Price and friends Dave Joyce, Martin Currums and Phil Rylance. Steve trained by wearing a backpack containing a concrete block to help prepare himself for carrying the piano, which almost weighed as much as him.

Mr Price told JMU Journalism: “We decided to do it because one of my friends, Leigh Tierney, lost his little boy Daniel to meningitis in 2009. We do various things to raise money and thought this would be something different. We hope to have raised around £7,000.”

The two-day journey up Pen Y Fan, which at 886m is the highest point in South Wales, and is also used for SAS training. The climb would be gruelling at the best of the times but doing it during February made things so much harder, as the team faced strong winds and snow.

Tommy Price said: “What Steve, in fact what we all have done, is really impressive. We’re all really proud of him. What he did was amazing.”

The climbers were welcomed back by a party held in The Farmers Arms in Wallasey Village, to raise even more by holding a raffle and having extra collections on the night.

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