Century old piano donated

A century old piano is making it way back to its original home – the restored Bodden Town Mission House.

The piano has been donated to the Cayman Islands National Trust by Emil Watler’s daughter Clair Hislop and granddaughter Rosemarie Bodden.

The two thought it only fitting, since it was in the Mission House where Clair and her sister Celeste grew up playing the piano.

Their father bought the second-hand Emerson American made piano so his two daughters could take music lessons.

During that era, Clair, who is now 89 and living in George Town, said during Christmas time people would come and play hymns on the piano.

When the family moved to George Town it took the piano with them.

The Cayman Islands National Trust has set about giving this historic piece a makeover, despite the instrument receiving extensive water damaged during Hurricane Ivan.

Repairs cost $9,500.

‘We are trying to raise funds to get the piano to play again and that is definitely one of the things we are going to be look at when it come to fundraising,’ said Denise Bodden of the National Trust.

‘The piano, which is made from real wood, will require a lot of work. We are hoping that once Mr. Ron Moser who is doing the wood work repairs starts the carpentry it will be done in a reasonable amount of time.

‘The repairs to the mechanics will take a bit longer, because Mr Errol Stevens who does not live on the island but visits often, will be doing the work to get the piano playing again.

Ms Bodden also said a generous discount from PestKil has helped with the spraying of the piano for pests.

‘When it is finished the piano will be used to beautify the old home as well as entertain at gatherings.’

According to Ms Bodden the mission house is scheduled to be completed around the end of August.