AROUND 500 people enjoyed a show-stopping performance by much-loved Somerset music legends, The Wurzels, in Chippenham on Sunday.

They headlined the bill at a special 'Wurzelmania' charity event at Monkton Park organised by Spartan Gym co-owner, Carl Mallinson.

They were ably supported by Bristol-based Nuttyness, one of the country's finest Madness tribute groups.

Carl said: “The Wurzels were fantastic as usual, so entertaining and funny, to think that they were number one in the hit parade 40 years ago is amazing! Nuttyness were also so like Madness it was hard to tell the difference.”

The current World WCA Kickboxing Champion also organised 'Mallimania', an open-air fight festival at Monkton Park, attended by hundreds of fight enthusiasts on Saturday evening.

Six titles were won by Chippenham-based fighters, including Levi Murray, who won the WCA Junior Boxing title, and Alfie Connolly, who took the WCA Cadet English Boxing title.

Harry Thompson won the WCA Area Boxing title and Kane Mallinson retained the WCA Area Boxing title after a draw.

Grant Mallinson won the WCA Pro European Kickboxing title, while Kieron McDermott took the WCA Area Kickboxing title.

In addition, boxers Jamie Claridge, Adam Plant and Kent Kauppinern, from Chippenham, all won their bouts.

The bill for the open-air festival in Monkton Park featured 20 bouts with no less than five kickboxing title belts on offer, including the world title for Women’s Cadet Kickboxing, won by Victoria Perkins from Wales.

The event was staged with lighting and music under the umbrella of a state-of-the-arts big top designed to maximise the electric atmosphere created by the bouts.

Following the success of the show, Carl is hoping to build the event year-on-year to become the biggest mixed martial arts festival in the country.

He added: “Next year, I’m hoping that the festival will grow with other martial art fighting introduced, and also a competition for the strongmen.

“The charity will again be Help for Heroes, with an interesting twist on the fight night to look forward to.”

Two veteran soldiers, Sergeant Andrews and Lance Corporal Rigg, took part in a special Help for Heroes exhibition bout to help raise awareness and funds for the Wiltshire charity.