A GIANT mural of punk legend Mark E Smith on the side of a Prestwich chippy has been finished.

The artwork, which adorns the gable end of Chips@No.8, in Clifton Road, was commissioned as part of the first Prestwich Arts Festival, which took place last weekend.

The former frontman of The Fall lived in the village for most of his life, and died in January, aged 60.

Dozens turned out to witness renowned graffiti artist Akse P19 complete the mural over the weekend.

Hundreds turned out to the arts festival, with an eclectic line-up of events and activities taking place across the village.

The event was the brainchild of Prestwich resident Jane Thomson, and was organised entirely by volunteers, with the aim of showcasing and celebrating the creativity of the community, as well as encouraging people to learn new skills.

Among the highlights were a question and answer session with Prestwich-raised author Emma Unsworth, a photography workshop with photographer Ric Latham, and a creative writing class. A mural of punk legend Mark E Smith being painted in Clifton Road also attracted the crowds.

Ms Thomson said: “I’ve been overwhelmed with the response to the festival and absolutely thrilled that the community have taken our programme to their hearts.”