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Monkeying around on the piano for Comic Relief

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

PIANO MAN: Phil Gibbens, manager of TK Maxx in Cheltenham, is raising charity cash playing the piano in a monkey suit

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THIS cheeky chimp doesn't mind making a nana of himself in aid of a good cause.

Phil Gibbens, manager of TK Maxx, has pledged to dress up in a monkey costume and play the piano in the middle of the Regent Arcade to raise money for Comic Relief.

The 34-year-old, who lives in Cheltenham, will be playing between noon and 2pm every day until Red Nose Day on March 15.

Tinkling away on the ivories, he will perform a number of tunes, from Let it Be by The Beatles to an array of Elton John classics and – you've guessed it – Daydream Believer by the Monkees. Phil said: "I just wanted to do something daft to catch people's eye as they walked past and to raise money for a great cause.

"I also want to promote the fact that TK Maxx is selling the official Red Nose Day T-shirts.

"I have been doing it for seven days and so far I have had a fantastic response. I have already smashed by original target of £700 and the total is currently at around £1,300.

"If anyone is walking through the Regent Arcade over the next few weeks, do throw me a coin or two – or failing money, a banana will do."

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