FIRE-eaters, stilt-walkers and armed combatants will fill the streets of Ledbury this Thursday (December 17) as the town’s popular Mediaeval Night returns.

The themed-event will kick off at 5pm and promises to cater for all ages with entertainment, stalls, late night shopping and hot food.

Visitors to Ledbury’s independent shops have been picking up prize draw tickets along with their purchases these past few weeks and the winner will be drawn at 8pm.

First prize will be £1,000, second prize will be a Whirlpool washing machine, worth £250 and donated by Appliance Solutions, and third prize will be a pair of diamond earrings donated by Past and Present.

Draw tickets will be available from more than 60 participating stores right up until 6pm on the night.

Owner of Past and Present, Annette Crowe, said: “Because we have got the road closed this year it leaves us free to put on more entertainment. It’s our way of saying thank-you for the support during the year.

“All of this has been funded by the traders to put on a great night for the people of Ledbury and those who regularly shop here.”

Mediaeval re-enactments, including 16th century fencing, will be carried out by the Society for Creative Anachronism and led by Ledbury man Ed Boreham.

He said: “I’m hoping for three or four people in armour and a couple of others doing show and tell with armour and weapons. I’ll be there with a fair amount of display stuff right from the start, with the main fighting taking place between 7pm and 8pm.”