An Aberdeen piano tuner has created a special instrument to celebrate a football legend.
Gordon Bell, who runs Gordon Bell Pianos in Aberdeen’s Rosemount Viaduct, has worked with Duff Street-based designers Passell to make a Denis Law piano to raise money for two charities and mark The Lawman being given the freedom of the city last year.
Mr Bell hopes to auction off the piano later this year in aid of the autism charity Friendly Access and the Friends of the Special Nursery – an organisation that supports the neonatal unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
And the talented piano expert even managed to get Denis himself to sign it when he visited him at his home in Manchester while on a tour of all the UK clubs the famous footballer played for over the course of his record-breaking career.
Gordon, 42, said: “I had this slightly dull piano and I knew I wanted to do it up.
“My friend Glyn from Friendly Access and I were discussing ways to raise funds for charity and we thought of auctioning off the piano.
“We decided on a Denis-Law themed piano to pay tribute to him receiving the Freedom of the City last year.
“I decided that we would auction off The Lawman Piano and donate the money to two charities – Friendly Access and Friends of the Special Nursery.
“We got in touch with Denis as we wanted the piano to be signed by him and went down to Manchester with it and got the chance to meet him.
“He is one of the most genuine people I have met and is so humble as well. He made us a cup of tea and we brought him down some butteries and BrewDog beer.
“He was absolutely thrilled by the butteries and joked that he wouldn’t be sharing them.
“Denis seemed genuinely interested in what we were doing and about everything that’s happening in Aberdeen. It was like speaking to a mate.”
And when the piano man met The Lawman, he took some welcome gifts including an Aberdeen FC shirt, some local beer and a dozen butteries.
To donate to the piano shop’s fundraiser, text DLAW10 £10 to donate £10, or DLAW10 £5 to donate £5 to 70070.