Big ukulele band is utterly brilliant

Hundreds of youngsters made sweet music together in Corby town centre with a mass ukulele performance.

The performance in Willow Place, Corby, was the result of six months of work under the Corby Ukulele project across the Corby area, getting youngsters to create their own instruments from a piece of wood and an old margarine tub.

Youngsters from schools around the town, including Gretton, Weldon and Rockingham primary schools, joined Corby mayor Cllr Mary Butcher as well as youngsters, parents and people who had brought along their own ukuleles to sing a range of songs.

Jane Hill, of Gainsborough Road, Corby, who took sons Bailey, two, and Jamie, 10, along to the event, said: "I didn't know this was on but it was a nice surprise.

"They have made their ukuleles here today and loved doing it. I think Bailey could be a little rock star in the future."

The performance was the finale of Corby Council's Family Learning Arts Festival, which also saw a fancy dress competition being held and Halloween themed face painting on offer.

Songs performed on the day included the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, as well as The Lion Sleeps Tonight and the Utterly Butterly Ukulele Round.

The instruments were made by cutting out holes on the bottom and top of margarine tubs and slotting in a piece of wood, before adding the strings which could even be tuned.

Youngsters could make plectrums from the leftover parts of their Utterly Butterly tubs.

Other activities on offer included a challenge for youngsters to hit a buzzer to make the foam toast jump out of the toaster and a ghost train.

Members of the county council's Youth Action Team were also on hand to learn about volunteering opportunities in the town, such as teaching youngsters to make musical instruments by recycling.

Corby Council's lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee said: "This has been a wonderful family afternoon and a great way to cap off such a successful project.

"It has been fantastic to see so many mums, dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents strum along to the wonderful Utterly Butterly Ukulele song."