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Musical scale; Singer David plays accordion on top of 449ft sea stack.

YOU could call it hitting the high notes or just getting in some peak practice - but singer-songwriter David Greenald might just call it one hard slog.

The musician spent eight hours scaling an iconic sea stack so he could play his accordion on top.

David said it was a "personal pilgrimage" to get to the top of the Old Man of Hoy, a 449ft sheer vertical sandstone pillar off the Orkney coast.

The 57-year-old thought about taking on the challenge decades ago and was delighted to finally fulfil his ambition.

At the top of the stack, David played a "northern sounding" piece he had written himself. He played the tune at the funerals of both his parents and said his Old Man of Hoy rendition was a fitting send-off for them.

David, from Chester, said: "I had a vision of playing an instrument on top of the Old Man decades ago. When this opportunity came along, it occurred to me that I could take my accordion and play a few tunes."

Around 50 ascents of the Old Man of Hoy are made every year.


U RAISE ME UP David played some tunes on top of Old Man of Hoy

EASY SQUEEZY David, above, and playing accordion on sea stack

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 7, 2017
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