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Sweet sounds . . . Wanaka Ukuleles members (from left) John Lightfoot, Jo Haines, Liz Maluschnig and Vicky Hill get ready to strum at the Lauder Ukulele Festival last weekend. PHOTO: PAM JONES

Lauder was filled with the strum of ukuleles last weekend when people came from far and wide for the annual Lauder Ukulele Festival.

One of the organisers, Barry Bemrose, said more than 160 people took part in the event, and dozens more came to watch performances.

Summer music . . . Festival co-organisers Barry and Diane Bemrose soak up the sun. PHOTO: PAM JONES

The four-day event included open mic sessions, workshops, concerts and a “recovery jam” on Monday morning. Some of the proceeds from the event, which is run under the umbrella of the Lauder Beautification Society, have supported a project restoring the Lauder Railway Station building on the Otago Central Rail Trail.

A replica ticket office and history and information room will eventually be set up in the railway station.