Songs are being rehearsed and paintbrushes cleaned as Wootton Bassett makes the final preparations for its new Music and Arts Festival.

Over 100 entries have been received for the competitive festival. Next Friday will see the launch of the festival with the arrival of international cricketer and artist Jack Russell at the Memorial Hall.

The evening starts at 8pm and ex-wicketkeeper Russell will be hosting a question and answer session as well as exhibiting some of his paintings.

Co-organiser Brian Taylor said: "It's all coming together very nicely and we're hoping it will be a very enjoyable weekend with lots of people coming along to watch and support."

The art exhibition will run from Friday to Sunday with the music competition taking place on Saturday. There will also be a winners' concert on the Saturday showcasing the best new talent in Bassett.

A quiz will be run for a chance to win one of Jack Russell's paintings.

Tickets for next Friday's opening night are still available and cost £15 for two people. Call Brian Taylor on (01793) 853870 or Phil Flowerdew on (01793) 848410.