Stars of stage, screen and television come to Lavington School on June 10 to perform a concert in memory of local celebrity George Baker.

Stephanie Cole, star of Tenko, Waiting for God and, currently, Coronation Street, heads the line-up with other famous friends of Mr Baker taking part.

Paul Arden-Griffith, who starred in Phantom of the Opera and has appeared in many productions by White Horse Opera in Devizes, is also among the performers, as is world famous clarinetist Helen Habershon, Shakespearean actor Peter Land and West End star Sarah Payne.

Simon Shepherd, who played Dr Will Preston in Peak Practice and appeared in a number of fundraising concerts organised by Mr Baker in aid of West Lavington youth club, is on the programme as well.

The event is being organised by Michael Reed, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s worldwide musical director, who used to live in Worton and helped Mr Baker organise those concerts.

The show will be directed by Hugh Wooldridge, who has produced and directed all over the world. It will be compered by DJ Mike Read, another contributor to Mr Baker’s concerts.

Lyn Dyson, treasurer of West Lavington youth club, which Mr Baker founded and ran as chairman for some years, said: “At the end of last year, at George’s funeral, Michael Reed suggested that George’s friends should put on a concert in memory of him.

“We’ve been lucky to host a few of these concerts before and they were all super events.

“It isn’t often a small village like ours can boast such star performers.”

Tickets for the event, £12.50 a head, are on sale at Reading Matters and Devizes Books or by phoning (01380) 812574. The show begins at 4.30pm.

There are also tickets available for a four-course cold supper with cabaret at the school at 7pm, price £25.

Mrs Dyson added: “This will be a less formal setting with a less formal dress code than some of the previous suppers at the Manor. The food will be excellent and the entertainment something to remember, with a chance to meet the stars.”

Mr Baker founded the youth club after seeing a group of young people huddled in a bus shelter in freezing temperatures. The club began in the skittle alley of the Churchill Arms but, through fundraising by Mr Baker, they now have their own premises next to the village hall.