A pub has been picked out of hundreds across the country to win £5,000 to give the venue a music makeover.
The Burnaby Arms in Stanley Street, Bedford, was chosen as the winning pub in the competition Music Makeover 20120, run by PRS For Music.
Lucie Fuller, who runs the pub with her husband Stephen, says she was over the moon to have won the competition.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when we got the call to say we had won. I was really surprised at how quickly they had actually made their decision, and that they we had won.
“It’s going to be fantastic for the pub. We hope to become a real venue for live music now. We held one acoustic night and we had to beg, borrow and steal the equipment for that, so it’s going to be great to be kitted out.”
Lucie now plans to get some quotes and ideas for equipment, which will then be handed over to PRS For Music, who will then arrange for it to be installed.
Next year the couple hopes to have their own PA system, microphone, and acoustic softening, as the sound is a bit hollow in the venue.
PRS For Music chairman Guy Fletcher said: “The passion The Burnaby Arms showed for wanting to create a quality live music space was really impressive.
“Although the pub has only been recently opened, Lucie and Stephen are clearly great entrepreneurs and enthusiastic about helping generate a strong local music scene in Bedford.
“We are excited to see how their venue develops through the music makeover process.”
It is the third music makeover run by PRS For Music which represents over 95,000 songwriters and composers attracting a record number of entries from England, Scotland and Wales.