Horsham, Dadswells Bridge stunts to promote Cairns Ukulele Festival

UKE BEAUTY: Michael Jones and Horsham Network Video and Music manager Dean Schultz promote the Cairns Ukulele Festival on Saturday

UKE BEAUTY: Michael Jones and Horsham Network Video and Music manager Dean Schultz promote the Cairns Ukulele Festival on Saturday

A GIANT portable red couch and a huge ukulele with a Cairns man perched atop is not a standard Saturday afternoon in Pynsent Street, Horsham.

But on Saturday shoppers watched Michael Jones' attempt to bring national publicity to the Cairns Ukulele Festival.

After he suffered a heart attack, Mr Jones fixed the giant couch to a trailer and toured Australia to encourage people to live a more active lifestyle.

He is now taking the message on the road for a second time to promote the music festival.

"Everyone has hard times in their life and I was fortunate at a tough time in mine to seize the opportunity to help others who have experienced similar struggles," Mr Jones said.

Starting in Adelaide at the Big Scotsman, the comfy convoy visited the Big Koala at Dadswells Bridge on Saturday.

Now Mr Jones' journey will take him to the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast and the Big Mango in Bowen before ending the tour at the Big Marlin in Cairns.

Also a poet, Mr Jones said he took up writing to honour the death of fellow Queenslander Steve Irwin.

Horsham Network Video and Music Manager Dean Schultz hosted Mr Jones' visit to the city.

"The ukulele is experiencing a huge resurgence in popular music culture - with young and old people alike," he said.

The couch is more than four metres long, while the ukulele is three and a half metres long.

The big red couch and the giant ukulele will roll into Cairns for the festival on July 1.

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