LIVE acoustic music has been a feature of a Ledbury pub for a quarter of a century, and this silver anniversary landmark will be celebrated in style next week.

Anyone with a song, tune or poem to contribute will be invited to take part in an anniversary Prince of Wales music session on Wednesday, March 13.

John Burton, from the pub, said: “This is probably unique in being held continuously at the same venue for so long - the Prince session probably deserves to be registered as a community asset!

“The first in this long line was on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday March 17, 1994.

“They were originally held monthly but became so popular it was decided early on they should be held weekly, and Wednesday proved to be a more convenient evening.”

Mr Burton added: “This acoustic session consists mainly of folk and blues songs and music, but anything goes, including at various times over the last quarter century - Italian tenors, Scottish bagpipes, didgeridoos, and Abyssinian belly dancing.”

He said of next week’s celebrations: “Whether you come to sing, play or listen, this promises to be a memorable evening.”

Sessions always begin around 9pm and are open “to anyone who has a song, tune or poem to contribute.”

Mr Burton said: “People enjoy a relaxed atmosphere - aided by some of the Prince’s excellent ales and cider.

"On the last Wednesday of the month the pub provides food for the performers.”

The half-timbered Prince of Wales pub is also a name well-known to lovers of real ale.

In fact it was the Herefordshire CAMRA pub of the year in 2013.

The pub is located up cobbled Church Lane, which leads to St Michael and All Angels Church.

It is one of the most photographed lanes in Ledbury and the view is frequently to to be found on calendars.

There is a local legend that some of the beams for the Prince of Wales came from wrecked Spanish Armada ships, but this has not been officially established.