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Wednesday 5 November 2014

South Cheshire George Formby Ukulele Society and their 20th anniversary concert

Brian Edge, Wistaston

These are so popular when they practice at home people smash their windows so they can hear better

South Cheshire George Formby Ukulele Society - - celebrated their 20th anniversary during a monthly concert on Friday 24th October 2014 at Wistaston Memorial Hall.

The concert was the closest to the date of the original concert and all their twenty years of concerts have taken place at Wistaston Memorial Hall on Church Lane in Wistaston.

The concert contained group and solo ukulele performances, a harmonica solo, plus solo and duet singing. Performers and guests came from Crewe, other parts of Cheshire and counties beyond.

Special guests included National George Formby Society founder member John Walley and his wife Jill, ukulele virtuoso Peter Moss, and star Elvis Presley tribute artiste Paul Larcombe. Also present were Founder members of the society Brian Edge and Steve Hassall and from the first concert Pamela and Jonathan Baddeley, and sound engineer and Vice Chairman Colin Wood.20th anniversary concert -several performers at once

Founder member Brian Edge said, "It was a wonderful evening with a packed house complemented by the ambiance of our only home for the last twenty years - Wistaston Memorial Hall – a warm, friendly and welcoming place. Many old friendships were renewed during the evening and a bevy of talented artistes trod the boards to the delight of everybody. An excellent buffet was masterminded by our Secretary Mrs Dodd ably assisted by a team of our members. The show was produced by Pamela Baddeley and the Master of Ceremonies was her husband Jonathan, both faithful members of our group from day one."

The Society was founded in 1994 and performs a concert at Wistaston Memorial Hall on the fourth Friday of every month throughout the year at 7:30pm. There are no membership fees to pay to attend a Concert and the entrance fee is just £1 to cover the cost of rent and refreshments. There are also rehearsal sessions, to which new ukulele players are always welcome, at Wistaston Memorial Hall on the third Tuesday of every month throughout the year. For further enquires please contact Mrs. Dodd on 01270 581920.

Photos from the evening can be viewed on Flickr:

Master of Ceremonies - Jonathan Baddeley performs at the concert

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