Happy birthday to the Herne Hill piano

I know they talk about Brighton being London-by-the-sea but as Herne Hill loses some of its middle class solidity and embraces a more eclectic lifestyle, it almost feels like Brighton-in-the-city!  The neighbourhood is more vibrant than ever and full of personalities.  In the background of the featured photo above is our local town cryer (yes, really….) looking on as part of the throng of, erm perhaps 20, as we celebrated the second birthday of the Herne Hill Station piano.  Every night when I get home I hear someone tickling the ivories and that, along with the smell of the takeaway thai food from the station caff (posh coffee in the morning, thai takeout on the way home) is really rather comforting.  Here’s the birthday boy/girl (no idea if/whether the piano is M or F), during a rendition of Happy Birthday as a duet with a local blind guy who’s often to be heard giving it a whirl:

Sometimes these little scenes make you feel that a little bit of the world really is alright after all….

By Jon Schick

Hertfordshire-based, I work for the National Health Service but try and fit in some photography on a regular basis. Not so much during the recent lockdown era, but here's hoping things can only get better in 2021....

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