Thursday, May 11, 2006

Scottish woman seeks U.K. accordion shrine

A woman from Black Isle (love those Scottish names) is showing off part of her massive accordion collection at a Highlands museum in hopes of someday establishing a permanent display.

"There is a fantastic museum in Castelfidardo in Italy which inspired me and, as there is nothing similar in the U.K., I'm working on it," Caroline Hunt told the BBC. "I would love to find someone between Perth, Inverness and Fort William who would like to set something up, or who is looking for an extra tourist attraction so these instruments can eventually be on permanent display."

She put together her private collection, which includes accordions made between 1840 and 1960, over the past 12 years. It's grown so big that she's stashed squeezeboxes at various friends' houses.

Good luck getting the permanent museum together, Caroline. That would be just one more reason to visit Scotland.

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