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BBC Children In Need Song for Lincolnshire 2019: Spalding's Ukulele Orchestra win best performance




There was success for Spalding's Ukulele Orchestra at last night's Song for Lincolnshire final 2019, when they won best performance.

Hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire at the South Holland Centre in Spalding, the event raises money each year for Children In Need, and is a celebration of the county's musical talent and original songwriting.

It was the first time the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding had entered the competition - with an original song written by its musical director Zeph Churchill, called Hairy Jack.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding at the South Holland Centre for the 2019 Song for Lincolnshire final. (21179197)
The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding at the South Holland Centre for the 2019 Song for Lincolnshire final. (21179197)

The song is about a dog-like mythical beast said to haunt Lincolnshire's country lanes and fields at night. It was performed on the night by 47 players from the orchestra, possibly the biggest group ever to have performed in the contest.

Zeph said: "We are absolutely delighted! It was a brilliant night and everyone was very welcoming with lots of camaraderie.

"I think the BBC were a bit shocked that there were 47 of us on the stage, but the audience, and everyone, were really supportive.

"The orchestra played brilliantly and had learnt the song off by heart. They are aged between 21 to nearly 89 and we also had people playing a washboard, a bodhran (an Irish drum) and the coconuts."

The overall winner of the competition was Andy Lenton, from Sleaford.

Zeph added: "It was a brilliant night with some beautiful songs and the winner was well deserved."

The competition was hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter, Jono Brine, and broadcast live from 7pm.

Best performance award for the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding in the 2019 Song for Lincolnshire final. (21179202)
Best performance award for the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding in the 2019 Song for Lincolnshire final. (21179202)

Also, in the final this year, were Holbeach husband and wife, Kim and Phil Biggs, who each entered with their own compositions.

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