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It was the War of the Roses like you’ve never seen it before/

One side from Yorkshire, the other from Lancashire - all doing battle armed with nothing more than a ukulele and a smile!

Revellers at the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival were stunned when players from two bands broke out into a flash mob in St George’s Square.

The musical stunt, billed as A Song and A Pint, was part of the build-up to the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival which is coming to Huddersfield next month.

It featured the Wigan-based band Chonkinfeckle and their counterparts from South Yorkshire. Dead Mans Uke.

One group began with a few numbers at the Vinyl Tap record store in John William Street while the second played at the Head of Steam pub outside the railway station, and in between they had an hilarious “Uke Off” in the Square.

Tony Casey, a co-director of the Ukulele Festival, said: “It went down superbly.

“We had two of our headline bands in the town centre playing at the two venues and then out in the Square.

“We ended up with about a hundred players turning out and it was brilliant.

 

“People stopped to listen and then they all started singing and dancing.

“There has been a growing interest in the ukulele in recent years. It was a bit of a joke, with the likes of George Formby and Tiny Tim, but then people realised it was a very portable instrument and also one that is fairly easy to learn”.

Mick Bray, who was at the Food Festival, recorded the action on video.

He said: “it started off with a lass on the station steps singing and playing on her own, then a double bass started playing, then loads of folk just pulled ukuleles and started joining in.

“The public just joined in singing and it was amazing. I really loved it”.