IN the beginning was the WRDE, the first recorded name for Highworth in 1086, today WRDEUP is the town's own music festival.

The festival sprang from a celebration for Highworth Junior Football Club when they won the South West Community Club of the Year award, four years ago. The event had a Take That tribute to entertain.

WRDEUP is now committed to bringing top tribute acts and local artists to the family friendly festival and this year on Saturday, July 2, from 2pm, in the Lower Rec, the headliners will be The Great Pretender, a Queen tribute and Dave Finnegan's Commitments.

Dave Finnegan took the part of Mickah the bouncer/drummer in the popular movie The Commitments. He was also featured on TV in the popular Nighthawks show, and had a cameo role alongside Gabriel Byrne in the 1992 movie Into The West.

Since then he has stuck to his music performing on the same stage as Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Edwin Starr, BB King and Sam Moore.

He has recently stepped back on to the big screen performing in two films, The Fairy Flag as Neverard and Angel in the Spirit of Edradour.

On Saturday he will be back on stage rock 'n' rolling with his band.

Support comes in the form of local bands such as Swindon's own Polar Front, folk duo Seth Bye and Katie Griffin, the Ukey D'Ukes, Spicy Piper, Avalanche and dance troupe Swing Out Swindon.

There will be a Kidz zone for the little ones, a funfair and a food zone. The festival this year is raising money for Severn Freewheelers.

Tickets are £12 on line and £15 on the gate, Under 11s free, children £6 online and £8 on the gate and family ticket £30 and £40. For more detail or to book visit - Flicky Harrison