It was great to see such a good turnout of people, young and old, enjoying our traditional village fete and dog show at Candy’s Field on Furry Dance day this year.

From gymnasts to football, circus skills to fair rides there was plenty for people to do, plus lots to eat and drink. The fancy dress competition was well supported with excellent costumes – well done all!

Lots of you joined in the Furry Dance making it a colourful spectacle, although more dancers would be welcome. We bid farewell and thanks to Jenny McNie on her final time leading the dance with Graham Wills.

The return of Morris Dancers to the village centre was appreciated as were the strolling musicians near The Green in the evening. And our amazing firework display just keeps getting better. We would like to thank the people of Lympstone for contributing to our collecting boxes so generously raising an amazing £975.94.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances our event expenditure of £2,489 outweighed our income of £2,401.

Unfortunately, the anti-social behaviour of a few drunk people late at night upset and frightened some local residents. As organisers of the Furry Dance and Fete we find this behaviour our biggest challenge. We make every effort to work with the Police and pubs to drive out this unacceptable and disgusting element, which could put the future of the Furry Dance at risk.

Bridget Beer (on behalf of Friends of the Furry Dance)