It’s a musical success at town’s first ukulele festival

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HUNDREDS of ukulele fans turned out for Berkhamsted’s first festival celebrating the musical instrument.

The event, called Ukes for Unicef, which raised more than £2,500 has been hailed a success by the organisers – Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players (BURP).

12-193      Ukelele festival at Berkhamsted Civic Centre.'Two of the Random Players, Hamish Currie and Sue Parsons.

12-193 Ukelele festival at Berkhamsted Civic Centre.'Two of the Random Players, Hamish Currie and Sue Parsons.

More than 300 people turned out at Berkhamsted Civic Centre on Saturday to enjoy musical sounds from the instrument, made famous by iconic entertainer George Formby.

The funds raised will go to Unicef, a charity that protects the rights of children and young people.

Performances were held throughout the afternoon with 50 solo performers and 100 ukuleles being played in a group strum along.

Ken Middleton, Keef Jackman, Krabbers and Hamish Currie headlined the festival along with a Year 3 class from Swing Gate School who performed a set led by Euan Tees.

The youngest solo performer on the day was 10-year-old Jamie Brener, who began playing the instrument in August.

BURP member and one of the organisers Mick Knight said: “The event went really, really well. Due to the success of the event we definitely plan to do another in the future.”

It is hoped another festival will be held in March 2013.