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 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.

The bill featured 20 bouts with no less than five kickboxing title belts on offer, including the WCA Pro European Kickboxing title, won by Grant Mallinson.

Carl is hoping to build the event 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 army veterans took part in a special Help for Heroes exhibition bout to raise funds for the Wiltshire charity during the Saturday night, although the total has not yet been confirmed.