Message from Annie Beilby:
Gatwick airport north terminal. Gone through security where the woman searching my viola has carelessly made a deep scratch on the ribs at least 1 cm long after insisting that she hold the instrument for me and then proceeding to bang it against the lock of the case.
I am furious and beyond being tired of being intimidated to hand over my gorgeous viola – I don’t know what I would do if I had an old Italian worth more than a house….
Annie tells us it’s not a huge gash, but she’s upset that a stranger could manhandle her instrument when she offered to hold it. ‘I’m just glad she didn’t drop it!’ she adds.