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Ukuleles Galore at Oddicombe Beach

Saturday 8 June saw Oddicombe and the surrounding area filled with the sound of hundreds of ukuleles as the 2019 John Ayres Ukulele Proms took place.
Seventeen bands took to the stage in the Music Marquee on Oddicombe, another six played at the Cliff Railway Cafe and Babbacombe Cliff Railway Top Station was home to a further group on a day filled with music and merriment.
Starting at 10am the marquee was packed from start to the finish at around 7pm.
Nicky Allen, one of the organisers, said “We had a really great day. Fortunately, after the terrible weather of Friday, we started Saturday in glorious sunshine and although we had a few showers that really didn’t matter.” She added “It was absolutely lovely to see our Music Marquee so full of smiling, happy people. We were treated to some great music, lots of fun banter and just a terrifically jolly atmosphere.”
This event is now in its sixth year. It started life as the Babbacombe Ukulele Festival but changed its name in 2018 to The John Ayres Ukulele Proms in honour of John who started the event but sadly passed away last year. There were plenty of Devon bands plus some from Wellington, Worthing, Reading, Lyme Regis and Lostwithiel.
Nicky said “Team Babbacombe Cliff Railway is delighted to have been able to continue this event which brings together all sorts of different ukulele groups. Not only is it a day of music, it’s a day of catching up with friends made in previous years. We are inundated with groups and performers wanting to take part which is testament to the success of the event.”
All part of a year of of celebration for Babbacombe Cliff Railway as they mark the tenth anniversary of community ownership of the railway plus their recent announcement that, since the community took over, they have in fact transported over one million passengers.
Open every day from 9am to 5pm, next up in the special event calendar is the very popular “Last Team Standing” on Saturday 14 September.

Upcoming Ukulele Fun On The Beach

The weekend of 9 and 10 June will see Oddicombe Beach filled with ukulele bands and performers.

Back in 2014 the Babbacombe Ukulele Festival was created by John Ayres, Chairman of Babbacombe Cliff Railway CIC and founder of the Babbacombe Ukulele Strummers. In 2014 that first ever event was to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Community Interest Company owning the Cliff Railway. Since then it has grown in both size and popularity. As this year’s event approaches, it has been re-named The John Ayres Ukulele Proms in memory of John who very sadly passed away earlier this year.

Bands are travelling from far and wide to be a part of this event which is gaining quite a reputation. There are plenty of local bands, along with ones from Hatherleigh, Plymouth, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis to name just a few. Over the course of the weekend twenty-four different bands will perform, made up of around two hundred performers.

The Music Marquee will be down on the promenade on Oddicombe Beach all weekend. The event is entirely free to enjoy and organisers are hoping that people will jump on board the Cliff Railway (normal travel charges apply) then take a seat in the marquee, relax, sing along, clap their hands and generally enjoy a fantastic atmosphere in a beautiful location.

CLOSED FOR WORKS

PLEASE NOTE – WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR SOME WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON MONDAY 23 APRIL, TUESDAY 24 APRIL AND WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL.   WE WILL THEN OPEN AT LUNCH-TIME ON EACH OF THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.