A beloved veteran Barbershop singer has ended his career with a plea to young men to pursue his musical passion.

Eddie Howell, 88, a cherished member of the Pershore-based chorus Vale Harmony The A Cappella Fellas, recently marked his departure by becoming an honorary life member.

Over his singing career spanning 30 years, Eddie, a former musical director and tenor singer from Pinvin, was instrumental in staging multiple concerts.

These events raised vital funds for several charities, showcasing his commitment beyond just music.

Eddie's passion for the unique four-part, close-harmony Barbershop style shone through his words, saying: "Barbershop has been my life for a very long time.

"I wish I could turn the clock back but I can't.

"I would encourage any young man to sing... and sing Barbershop.

"It will give you so much joy."

The chorus chairman, Chris Dobbins acknowledged Eddie's unfading inspiration and lifelong dedication.

Dobbins said: "Eddie has been an inspiration to so many over the years and so many charities have benefitted from his devotion".

Vale Harmony, offering heart-warming harmony for 45 years, welcomes male singers at 7pm rehearsals on Wednesday nights at the St Andrew's Centre, Church Street, Pershore.

Find more information about joining the tradition at www.valeharmony.co.uk and www.singbarbershop.com.