A TOWN’S very own Superman helped brighten people’s day as he spread the word about a community support group.

James Dixon put on the costume as he delivered leaflets about a group helping the elderly and vulnerable.

Health workers and town councillors joined forces to form the Royal Wootton Bassett Covid-19 Mutual Aid group.

The idea is that those in need of help with advice, shopping, collecting medication and cheering up with a bit of company over the phone.

And in less than a week it attracted hundreds of members.

James, 29, went out to spread the word.

He said: “After lockdown was put in place, I was very keen to be involved with something like volunteering.

"Me and my girlfriend Elise saw this group had been started so we wanted to get involved straight away.

“They needed leaflets to be delivered and I was designated to do that.

"We’ve been stuck at home for three weeks and we were super bored so this was a great way to get out.”

James said everyone who spotted him dressed as a superhero loved it.

Children were looking out their windows and shouting at him to come and talk to them.

James told the Adver: “I figured maybe I could do something to try and lift their spirits.

“A lot of people were taking photographs of me, kids were waving at me and I spoke to them at a distance.

“Online, I had an 82-year-old saying they can’t wait to see me again. I got a few smiles out of people and that’s what it’s all about.

“This is good because people are feeling very negative at the moment. In the grand scheme of things this is a small gesture but it does make people smile.”

James is planning on buying other superhero costumes for when he goes out again.

And he bought an Easter Bunny costume for this weekend.

He said: “If anything happens over the Easter weekend where I’m needed I will be going out in that.

“I will be taking some chocolate eggs with me and putting them in front of people’s doors.”

His girlfriend Elise Burnett-Godfrey, 28, is working with him to cheer up the town.

Anyone can get in touch with the group on Facebook.

A Chinese restaurant in Royal Wootton Bassett is rising to the challenge with a number of changes.

James Huyhn is the owner of Oriental Aroma, which has opened in the High Street im 2006. He has launched a collection and takeaway service – and is throwing in some essential items for his customers.

Bread, pasta, antibacterial spray and wipes are among the items James is able to offer.

And he is providing a few freebies, including veggie boxes to the first caller of the day.

He said: “People have struggled to get their essentials so I thought 'why not offer these items to customers, this can help them avoid leaving the house'.

“The only way my business was going to keep going is if I stayed open in some sort of way.”