smashing pianos in Northern ireland 1970

#1
Loking at photographs in the Imperial War museum archive of Northern ireland in 1970 and find a sequence of blokes smashing pianos. Apparently some kind of competition with different teams trying to smash upright pianos fastest. Anyone got any idea what's going on?
 

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#3
Orange and green pianos?

Mind you when I ever hear someone start playin"Danny Boy" I feel like smashing a piano.
 
#4
I vaguely recall the 'incident.' It was indeed a competition to see which team could smash a piano the fastest.
It was televised. Ulster in the early 1970s was a pretty grim place, the piano smashing fest was regarded as light relief!
 
#5
Yep two teams normally had a race about smashing the uprights.

Then then had to pass the smashed bits through a hole, so only a certain size of debris could be passed.

The quickest team to do this won.

This was also popular the 80's i believe on the mainland, but you dont never hear of it now days
 
#6
Sabres right was a competition - quite popular at pubs and fetes etc for a bit of light relief - idea was indeed to pass thru a small hoop (no - not that small hoop before the thread goes down hill) - although why, in ireland, they gave them sledge hammers when there was a ready supply of semtex which had to be more effective remains a mystery.
 

Vasco

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#7
Was it a naval thing originally? It was still quite popular among the dark blue gang at Lossiemouth in the mid '70s
 
#8
vasco - yes - but that was normally thru drink and a crpa piano player
 

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