Swapping of the Town Hall piano

In the 1950's the Town Hall was at the centre of controversy when the Town Councillors swapped the piano for a crate of whisky. Read more about it here and here 

Davie Kerr also wrote a poem about it;

 

Pianna Toun Rag

 

Nae honky-tonk tune ti lichten the gloom.

nae clue as the Toun Hall pianna,

wis taen withoot trace an selt for a case

o whisky at twelve an a tanner.

 

When met, P.D.Q., this ‘case’ ti review,

oor Cooncillors swore they’re teetotal

but wid try a sip, a hauf or a nip,

ti sample the worth o each bottle.

 

Noo word’s gotten oot, wha’ll gainsay the loot

wis served, as a Pensioners’ potion,

at their Christmas ‘do’.  Ti minute it true,

thiv written a relevant motion.

 

By Davie Kerr from A Puckle Poems (2000)

 

Soon after, Armadale was jovially nick-named 'Piano-town'.

Subscription School on South Street and, later the Town Hall

Subscription School on South Street and, later the Town Hall