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Strumming along on World Play Your Ukulele Day

The Sandy Ukulele Group from Bedfordshire in action.

It's 'World Play Your Ukulele Day' on Friday 2 February and people all over the globe are celebrating the quirky instrument made famous in the 1930s by actor George Formby.

One band marking the occasion is the Sandy Ukulele Group in Bedfordshire. They will be busking at King's Cross station in London on Saturday.

They're hoping their Hawaiian shirts and feel good tunes can bring smiles to the faces of commuters in the capital.

  • Watch the Sandy Ukulele Group in action by clicking below

Firefighters rescue horse trapped in ditch in Bedfordshire

The horse returned to a nearby field after the rescue operation. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters have rescued a horse that got trapped trapped in a ditch in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

The horse had slipped into a culvert and was unable to get itself out.

Fire crews from from Kempston and Sandy were called to set the animal free.

The horse was not injured and returned to a nearby field.

Fire crews involved in the rescue were trained to deal with large animals. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

"These situations are always tricky but fortunately our crew is specially trained to do this and we had the support of the RSPCA and a vet to ensure that the animal was safe and calm and we were able to perform the rescue quickly."

– Derek Hobbs, Station Commander, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service


Family devastated following car park death

It's emerged that a man, who died following a row over a disabled parking space, had only just been given the all clear from cancer.

Brian Holmes from Sandy, Bedfordshire died in hospital after the incident in an Asda supermarket car park in Biggleswade on Saturday.

Family members were at his bedside and say they are devastated.

Russell Hookey reports.

Robbers armed with hammers raid betting shop

Bedfordshire Police are hunting two robbers who raided a betting shop armed with hammers.

The raid happened at 9.35pm on Monday evening at the Ladbroke's shop in Sandy, Bedfordshire as the 22-year-old woman cashier was working alone.

Two masked men entered the High Street shop armed with hammers and removed cash from the till.

The cashier ran out of the shop shouting for help and the offenders then ran from the shop in the direction of Bedford Road and Budgens.

Police have issued a description of the robbers:

  • Both men were white
  • One was wearing a red coat and the other a black coat
  • They had scarves wrapped around their faces

Anyone with information should contact Bedfordshire Police on 10 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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