Moving pianos, clocks and vintage motorcyles: another busy year at C.Wraignt Removals Kent!
This festive time of year is not only about getting together with family and friends to enjoy a little overindulgence, it’s also about looking to the future and reflecting on the year that’s coming to an end. And for everyone at C.Wraight, 2018 has been quite a year!
As one of the most experienced removals companies in Kent, we are used to tackling a vast range of removal projects. From castles and lighthouses to family homes, we have been asked to take on every kind of removal you can imagine, but whatever the scale or challenge of a move, each job we undertake is equally important, and we aim to satisfy every client.
A Motorcycle Story
One of our more unusual projects in 2018 was the collection of three vintage motorcycles from southern France. The owner had taken the sad decision to sell his prized possessions, so we constructed bespoke frames to fit inside one of our delivery vans to enable us to transport the motorcycles to auction. The delivery went without a hitch, and there was a lovely ending to the story as the client decided he couldn’t part with the motorcycles, so his family retained them.
C.Wraight and the Lord Warden
Our removals work in Kent and throughout the south-east has taken us to many historical locations, and our skilled and experienced staff are accustomed to working in some grand buildings. One such site was Walmer Castle, where we teamed up once again with English Heritage to move the castle’s fragile ornaments, ornate furniture and delicate rugs, to make room for guests of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, who takes up residence at the castle once a year. It always a pleasure to work in such beautiful surroundings, and, as always, our team of dedicated removals experts took great pride in safely removing and replacing the castle’s many valuable and historic items.
The Piano Removals Challenge
Having built up a reputation over many years as the go-to Kent removals company for auction houses, we always enjoy taking on a new antique challenge, and 2018 saw us get involved in a huge project with Canterbury Auction Galleries. We were asked to move a private collection of 114 grand pianos, square pianos and harpsichords; one of the biggest collections of its type in the world.
Under the guidance of C.Wraight director Stephen Christopher, who has 35 years’ experience in the removals business, our skilled team carried out the painstaking removal, safely transferring all of the pianos to the auction site in Bethersden to be photographed and catalogued. We also acted as auction porters, helping the auction process to go smoothly, and playing a key role in facilitating the successful sale of these valuable items to buyers all over the world.
Never a Dull Moment!
As an experienced removals company with a reputation for being able to handle any removals job, we are often asked to take on work that other companies can’t. For instance, as well as the Piano Challenge, our friends at Canterbury Auction Galleries also asked us to remove a working tower clock, complete with bell. It was an unusual job, but our team of dedicated removals specialists successfully dismantled, transported and then expertly re-assembled the clock.
Among the other highlights of 2018 were the removal of a series of valuable paintings from halfway up an extremely high staircase (fortunately our staff all have a good head for heights!) and a job that involved moving an ornamental fountain (yes, we took the water out first!)
At C.Wraight we are always looking to the future. For instance, this year we’ve added a specially designed new delivery van that will enable us to handle an even greater range of removals projects in the years ahead. And what better example of our commitment to the future than our current involvement in a major school relocation project? It is the second school move we have undertaken in 2018 and we are proud to play a part in helping to secure a safe and secure environment for young learners in 2019 and beyond.
This year, we have once again been privileged to be able to work with a diverse range of wonderful clients in some beautiful locations, and I am incredibly grateful to all of our dedicated staff who strive hard all year to help us achieve high standards. I would also like to thank all of our 2018 clients, whether we’ve worked with you in historic sites or helped you move home.
And to all of our clients, prospective clients, colleagues and friends, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and hope that you all enjoy a happy and successful 2019.