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rotting trees that may be-
come dangerous and will
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Allan Smart, area forester,
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ber of beech trees lining the
roads that need to be re-
moved as they pose a sig-
nificant threat to road users.
“Many are extremely old,
have become infected by fun-
gi and, if they are not felled,
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The roads will not be com-
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be some delays and diver-
MP calling for
BY KERRA MADDERN
ing it just a week before
Children are progress-
the ukulele in recent
“Schools seem to like it
FORGET Jimi Hendrix or ing well and gave their because it’s such a ver- EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire
Eric Clapton — Devon’s first concert yesterday. satile instrument, you can has called for Jobcentre Plus
new rock gods are strum- Mrs Carne said: “I’m re- play chords as well as a offices to be reopened in “ar-
ming their own tunes us- ally impressed with how melody and sing along,” eas where it would help”.
ing an instrument which far they have come. he said. His call came after Work
has taken the county by “When they performed “It’s also very popular and Pensions Secretary
storm. This Old Man and London with children, maybe be- James Purnell called a halt to
Hundreds of children Bridge in assembly and cause they come in bright plans to close Jobcentre Plus
now play the ukulele, played, everyone sang shiny colours.” offices in an effort to cope
which has been freed along with them.” Devon Music Service with rising unemployment.
from its George Formby, Children are already teacher Olly Davey, re- Mr Purnell said an extra
When I’m Cleaning Win- enthusiastic about their sponsible for helping 6,000 front-line staff would
dows image. Ukulele legend George Formby new hobby. teachers start up ukulele help people who lose their
Its resurgence is partly Fred Giles, 10, said: “I lessons, said: “The instru- jobs as the recession hits.
due to a discovery of how from South Devon have chose to learn because I ment is so children- An extra £1.3bn invest-
suitable the ukulele, performed with their in- thought the ukulele would friendly and not many ment announced in the Pre-
which is actually a mem- struments at Glastonbury be fun, I would love to people realise the chord Budget Report will help re-
ber of the lute family this summer and those in learn the guitar eventu- sequences are exactly the spond to higher levels of ben-
rather than just a small the north of the county ally.” same as on the guitar,” he efit claimants, Mr Purnell
guitar, is for tiny hands held a ukulele festival. Jim Cole, nine, has even said. told MPs.
and partly because lots of Youngsters in Exeter, been taking his ukulele “We’ve given money to There were cheers from
cash has been poured into currently keen on brass home to practise. school learning commu- Labour benches in the Com-
funding music in Devon. instruments, have been “I try to play quite a nities to spend on music mons as Mr Purnell an- Excellent food and good Ales
Ukuleles have also been less enthusiastic but lot,” he said. and teaching and they nounced the moratorium on Families welcome
featured on the Sponge- pupils in the Teign Valley Freya Watts, nine, al- have really embraced the Jobcentre Plus closures. Open 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 11.30pm
bob Squarepants cartoon are the latest to be bought ready plays the recorder, ukulele. There are five But shadow work and pen- Lunch served between 12 and 2.30pm
series. ukuleles. but was keen to add an- sets in Exmouth alone.” sions secretary Chris Dinner served between 6pm and
And teachers are choos- At Dunsford Primary, other instrument. A ukulele ensemble Grayling said the announce- 9.30pm
ing to teach ukuleles, Rebecca Carne has set up “It’s been fun learning meets at Marpool Primary ment was “farcical” as the Over 60’s Carvery served at
which are relatively a ukulele club as well as new songs,” she said. inExmoutheveryMonday Government had been clos- lunchtime £4.95
cheap to buy, because using the instruments in Ken Parr, head of De- from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. ing a centre a week since Jan- PLUS
their grants will pay for lessons. von Music Service, said Mr Davey has also pro- uary and had nearly complet-
enough for a whole class. Mrs Carne is new to the there has been an explo- duced a teaching pack for ed its closure programme.
Talented young players ukulele and started learn- sion in the popularity of school staff. Mr Purnell, replying to Mr
Swire, said: “We will provide
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