Piano man played non-stop for days at Falkirk’s Roxy

Syncopating Sandy was one of the last acts to play at the Roxy Theatre in Falkirk before it closed
Syncopating Sandy was one of the last acts to play at the Roxy Theatre in Falkirk before it closed

In May 1956 a chap named Syncopating Sandy broke the world record for non-stop piano playing.

Sandy Strickland had played round the clock from 10am on April 30 until 11pm on May 5 on his piano in the Keighley Hippodrome. He had smoked 600 cigarettes by the time he finished with the Dam Busters.

He toured theatres all over Great Britain trying to better that record and did so by a great margin, finally reaching 194 hours in 1961.

Sandy was one of the last acts to perform at Falkirk’s Roxy theatre in Silver Row some time in the 1960s.

People of the district queued up and paid to see the phenomenon in action while his sounds were relayed to crowds outside by loudspeaker.

He is pictured at the Roxy, above, with Red Cross staff close by.