KNUTSFORD’S Open Mic Night, which is held on a Thursday evening at The Lord Eldon, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

The night, which is run by musician, guitar tutor and Knutsford resident David Boardman, began in 2004 at The K Bar, where Kuckoo is now located.

“I was approached by the owner, Tracy Barton, who wanted me to run an open mic night,” said David, the front man of local band Fine Lines.

“Having got the night off the ground, I hoped we would get at least six months out of it.

“Little did I imagine that 15 years on the night would still be running and continuing to attract new performers.”

When The K Bar changed hands David took the night to The Lord Eldon, and has been running it there for the last 13 years.

“The Eldon has a room at the back of the pub, which is perfect for performers,” added David.

“The open mic night is an ideal platform for aspiring singers, songwriters and musicians who want to hone their craft, showcase new material and learn how to perform in front of an audience.

“We have a regular and enthusiastic group of followers, which includes musicians and spectators.”

Mark Gillick, landlord of the Lord Eldon, said: “The open mic night is one of our longest-running and most popular events. Thursday nights are always busy, and the live music creates a fantastic atmosphere in the pub.”

David is always on the lookout for new performers, particularly young adults.

He said: “It’s always nice to see new faces, and I would love to hear from anyone aged 18 and over who fancies coming along.

“We are a friendly and welcoming bunch, and it’s a relaxed and enjoyable evening.”

The night starts at 9pm and runs until 11.45pm. Every year David runs a special Christmas open mic night with food, where performers are encouraged to share their favourite festive songs.

This year’s Christmas open mic night takes place on Thursday, December 19 and everyone is welcome.