The Manic Street Preachers bassist's mum has donated her famous son's Bontempi keyboard to the UK's 'instrument amnesty'...

NICKY WIRE has, indirectly, provided a new means for Manic Street Preachers fans to emulate the sound of their favourite band.

The bassist’s first musical instrument – a Bontempi Electric Chord Keyboard, a Christmas present from his parents when he was 14 years old – has been donated to the current nationwide ‘instrument amnesty’ – by his mum Irene Jones. The amnesty scheme is designed to pass unused instruments onto children keen to start playing but without necessary means.

“I heard about the appeal on BBC Radio Wales and it reminded me about Nicky‘s keyboard,” explained Mrs Jones, “It has been sat in the house for years not being used and I thought it would be nice if another child could use it.”

The scheme was established by the National Foundation for Youth Music and the BBC, and runs in tandem with the Corporation’s Music Live nationwide series of events (May 25-29).

Wire is not the first high-profile musician to have become involved. Sting has already given up one of his guitars and David Bowie has thrown in a saxophone.