A GROUP of Ukulele players in North Yorkshire is set to play in this town to raise money for children from the war-torn Ukraine.

Thornton-le-Dale Ukuleles, which has 40 to 50 members, will be selling tickets for the event at £10.

Milton Rooms is giving free use of the main hall to allow all proceeds from ticket sales and donations to go to the Unicef appeal to protect children in Ukraine.

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The concert was the idea of former Norton Primary School teachers John Scoble and David Swann.

The Thornton-le-Dale Ukuleles have 40-50 players aged 17 to 94 including a dozen beginners who will be making their first public appearance at the event.

A warm up act will be performed by Scoble and Swann and Friends, which will be their first public performance prior to their summer appearance at a number of Yorkshire food festivals.

John said that over the years the group had raised more than £56,000 for a “whole range of great causes.”

He added: “They were often personal to some of our members, for example Parkinsons, Diabetes UK, MS, MacMillan and many others.

“But this time the children of Ukraine has to be the cause. Many of the players are ex-teachers and most are parents.

“Our heart goes out to the families in Ukraine and the atrocities they are experiencing.

“One feels helpless and there is a feeling within the group that if there is anything we can do to support the children, we should, hence the concert.

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“Our quest in life is audience participation - singing, tambourine and maraca-playing. It should be an uplifting, joyful experience.’’

Tickets for the Singalong-a-uke 2022 event are available from Wardill Brothers, The Square, Thornton le Dale; Television house, 19 Market Place, Pickering; Massers Camera Shop, 30 Wheelgate, Malton and the Milton Rooms box office.

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