A FESTIVAL that started life as a celebration of a youth football team's cup success is to return for the sixth year in a row.

WrdeUp at Highworth Rec on July 6 is expected to attract more than a thousand people from the area.

Organiser Gary Laken said: “The festival came about when half a dozen people decided to put a small event on. It started as a celebration of Highworth Town’s Youth Football club winning a cup and about 300 people turned up.

“Afterwards people enjoyed it so much they suggested we do it again next year and since then it’s grown into something where 1,300 people turn up.

“It’s mainly a community event with about 90 per cent of the people attending being from Highworth and with WrdeUp being a Community Interest Company, all the money we earn goes back into the event.

“We like to call it Highworth's Biggest Garden Party and its right in our front garden. It’s become part of the Highworth calendar and people always look out for the date”.

The event will host local acts Not The Rolling Stones, Robb Glenn and Plucking Different, an electric ukulele band).

And there will be a silent disco, face painting and a funfair and stalls.

Gary added: “Food is put on by local retailers, we have a local entertainer come in and even the Highworth Air Cadets get involved. It’s really become a local establishment.

“Touch wood, we’ll be lucky with the weather too.”

The festival runs from 2pm to 11pm. Tickets are £17 in advance and £19 on the day, available through the website at wrdeup.org.uk