SLIDESHOW: Fans go ukulele mad

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Hundreds of music fans flocked to Pontefract for the first-ever ukulele festival in the town.

Devotees of the tiny guitar-like instrument travelled from all over the world to celebrate its heritage and history.

12/10/13  Ukelele  players   at a basic Blues workshop by Manitoba Hal    in Pontefract on Sat  part of the Great Northern Ukelele Festival.

12/10/13 Ukelele players at a basic Blues workshop by Manitoba Hal in Pontefract on Sat part of the Great Northern Ukelele Festival.

Among those on the line-up for the two-day Grand Northern Ukulele Festival were Canadian Manitoba Hal, Belgian Ukulelezaza and Frenchman Yan Yalego, as well as fans and players of the instruments from all over the country.

Mary Krell, festival director, said: “I think it went really well – I certainly haven’t heard anyone complaining yet – we have had some really interesting people here.

“We have had people from as far afield as North America, Scotland and all over Europe.

“So many people have volunteered their time and it was great to see so many people getting free tuition.”

Plans have already been put in place for next year’s event, with Leeds among the places under consideration for a potential venue.

Miss Krell added: “It is just such a great instrument that you can start up on quite quickly, without having to take lots of lessons, and we want to inspire more people to play it.”