The appetite for sociable ukulele playing in these parts shows no sign of waning and this week a brand new jam was launched in a hut on Lancing beach. Uke on the Beach is a mid-week, mid-morning meeting organised by Martin Henwood who kindly opened up his beach hut to us.
With a harsh wind blowing outside we squeezed into the hut - elbow to elbow - for a lively hour of singing and strumming on the seafront. Not even the noisy JCB redistributing pebbles on the beach could deter us and we soon out-uked its drone until the only external sound was the wild sea lapping at the shore.
Afterwards I cycled the coastal route home in the sunshine with that euphoric top-of-the-world feeling you only get after strumming songs with a bunch of friends and strangers. A ukulele high.
Uke on The Beach meets every third week. For information and date of the next jam visit their Facebook group.