A FEAST of food, drink, music and poetry will fill the High Street in a community celebration to mark the 400th birthday of Ledbury's iconic Market House.

As we revealed last month The Great Ledbury Celebration is a one-off community celebration to mark the event.

Now some of the crowd-pleasing events can be revealed.

A street market featuring the best of local food will fill the High Street.

Performers varying from the Community Brass Band, Dancefest, to the Silurian Morris Men will perform throughout the day.

And all Ledbury's heritage buildings will be open with people being able to step back in time to meet characters from bygone days in the town.

Town craftsmen will be on hand to demonstrate the skills which made the buildings.

Ledbury Food Group will put on its popular food festival with a host of stalls in the town centre.

The event replaces the traditional Ledbury Celebration, held on the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. The high street will close for the day to add to the party atmosphere.

Griff Holliday, of Ledbury Food Group said, “The Market House has been the centre of the market for 400 years, a symbol of Ledbury’s continuing excellence in producing good local food. This day gives us all an opportunity to enjoy our food heritage – we are pleased to be a part of it.”

The Market House will host an art and photo exhibition of young people’s work with a Ledbury theme organised by the youth council.

It will host other exhibits showing the history of the building – and a special birthday cake will mark its 400th anniversary.

The popular Clapper Box theatre will join the day to provide puppetry fascination for all ages.

Organisations taking part include Ledbury Town Council, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury Food Group, the Friends of the Master’s House, the Youth Council, the Ledbury Fringe, local businesses, traders and performers.

Town councillor Elaine Fieldhouse said: "We are very proud to take part. There will be entertainment all day, including the cutting of a cake to celebrate the 400th birthday of the Market House. You are all welcome to a slice until supplies run out."

Phillippa Slinger, manager of Ledbury Poetry Festival said, “The Ledbury Poetry Festival is pulling out all the stops to provide an unforgettable day of poetry, dance and music which is fitting for our 21st “coming of age”. Many people tell us they miss the town parties of old, and we’re re-invigorating and bringing it up-to-date with a bumper crop of entertainment which will explode like a party popper onto the streets of Ledbury. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, and we are delighted to be working with the Food Group and the Town Council to ensure everyone is catered for – it’s a real measure of the immense community spirit in Ledbury”.

The fun day takes place on Sunday, July 9.

Full details of the event including the detailed programme for the day will be available nearer the date at the Ledbury Food Group website, www.ledburyfoodgroup.org.