A popular open mic night in Chorleywood is celebrating its fifth anniversary on July 21 with a barbecue and garden party.
On the first Saturday of every month, musicians, poets, comedians and a variety of entertainers visit the Old Shepherd in the village to perform for the pub’s regulars.
Attendances vary depending on the time of year, but the night has been known to regularly attract up to 60 people, with between nine and 12 performers taking to the stage each night.
Now the pub is hosting a party to toast its success.
Current organiser Billy Chuter said when he took over running the night four years ago, they never expected it to become the success that it is now.
He said: “About four years ago we decided to take the night in a new direction and continued from there to build it into what it is now.
“To be honest we never thought it would become what it is. In the early days we were focussed on putting on each night as best we could more than the future of the whole event, but we have been lucky to have many amazing performers and have used the platform to raise thousands of pounds for charities over the years.”
Throughout the years a range of performers have come to perform at the evening, with some bigger names even stopping by, including Mick Flinn from the New Seekers.
Picture courtesy of Chorleywood Open Mic