Meet the BURP-ers: Berkhamsted Ukulele Random Players are one year old.

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BURP’s ukulele players have celebrated the first anniversary of their club with an appeal for new members.

Berkhamsted householder Hamish Currie, from Lombardy Drive, set up the group for beginners and improvers “with the sole aim of having fun.”

Club member Nick Knight said: “Well, one year on and it’s going from strength to strength. There is both a core of regulars and some more random visitors.”

Mr Currie said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better response. It’s fantastic to be a part of the ukuleles craze which is currently sweeping the world.

“It’s been a blast to be the catalyst for such a diverse bunch - from sixteen to, er, sixty - to let their hair down.”

There are about 15 players who meet at 8pm on the third Thursday of every month at The Three Horse Shoes in Winkwell, Bourne End.

Group regulars have made various public appearances and have been the headline act at the D’Ukes Festival in Hornchurch, Essex.

They will play in the tent at the Pepper Show between July 15 and July 23 this year. The event is at the Centenary Theatre in the grounds of Berkhamsted School in Kings Road.

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