A night of music

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AN EVENING of singing and music went down a treat with a packed-out crowd at a venue in Hartlepool.

The Avenue, off Raby Road, in Hartlepool, staged the tuneful event with special guests the Hartlepool Ukulele Group (HUG) and the Hartlepool Community Choir.

Over 150 people enjoyed the excellent atmosphere with hit after hit belted out by the two musical organisations.

The Hartlepool Community Choir, of which there were around 40 members, took centre stage first and wowed thecrowd with about nine songs.

They ended their stint with a rapturous applause from the audience.

Staff at The Avenue then treated guests, singers and musicians to huge silver platters of food.

Then it was the turn of HUG to provide the entertainment.

Thirty talented ukulele players, all dressed in Hawaiian-style clothing, played a great selection of well-known songs including You Are My Sunshine, On The Road Again and Bad Moon Rising.

The talented group of men and women, then performed a selection of Christmas hits, including good old favourite Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Dashing through the Snow.

They were joined for the festive set by the tuneful Hartlepool Community Choir.

Geoff Lilley, who founded HUG just over a year ago, said he was delighted with how all of the music had gone down with the crowd.

He told the Mail: “It’s been absolutely brilliant and it’s definitely the biggest gig we’ve done.

“Normally we’re in the entrance of Tesco or performing at old folks homes so to come here and do our stuff in front of all of these people is just fantastic.”

He added: “Everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves and they were all singing and clapping along. All of the ukulele players have done great as well.

“We’ve only been together for a short time and although we have some experienced players, some haven’t been playing for long so they’ve done excellently.”