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Don't mess with these Devonians

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Further to the item, 'There is anger in Devon and talk of civil disobedience', in 'who said what' (aj 28.1.99), this was a comment from a local councillor on the reaction of residents of Ottery St Mary residents to the threat of greenfield housing developments in their area.

You may mock such statements, but we'd like to warn you that our neighbours in Ottery St Mary have an ancient tradition that involves its citizens racing through its streets each November bearing aloft barrels of burning tar. It is not a good idea to make fun of a population predisposed to activities such as this.

You have been warned!

FIONA FERGUSON

Honiton, Devon

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