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  • Long Way to Tipperary piano now on display
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    Paul Fraser
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Long Way to Tipperary piano now on display

A piano that may have been used to compose It's a Long Way to Tipperary has been restored after being rescued from outside a pub in Warwickshire, UK, according to the Stratford Observer newspaper.

The Plough Inn (now the Tipperary Inn), on the outskirts of the village of Honiley, is said to be the spot where music hall singers Harry Williams and Jack Judge wrote the song in 1909.

British march
The song was originally titled It's a Long Way to Connemara but was changed to win a bet

It became a popular standard and, at the outbreak of war in 1914, became the unofficial marching song of the British army - particularly in the early days of the war when morale remained high.

The piano can be viewed at the Warwick Antiques Centre until late September.  

The centre's Peter Viola, who undertook the four month restoration, told the publication: "It was enormously important to me to preserve this special piano for the nation.

"Knowing that one of the most famous songs that has kept up the spirits of generations of soldiers, families and the public throughout two world wars was composed on it, I had to save it from total destruction, especially in the year that we are marking the centenary of that dreadful war."

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • LongTipperarytoWay