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Watch as people take part in tar barreling

The ancient tradition of tar barreling has been taking place in Ottery St Mary since the 17th century, and sees residents running through the streets with burning barrels on their shoulders.

Despite the apparent danger, it doesn't seem to put off the huge crowds that turn-out to watch:

Tar Barrel marshall injured after being dragged along road by a car

The Tar Barrel event is an annual Guy Fawkes tradition Credit: ITV News

A woman marshall at the Tar Barrel event in Ottery St Mary was injured by a car whose driver ignored a road closure.

The marshall was directing traffic at the event when a 43 year old man drove his Audi through the blockade, dragging her along the road and breaking her wrist.

The incident happened at around 5.30pm on 5 November.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting police reference 581 051115.


Tar barrels on fire: The 400-year-old Devon tradition is back

Thousands turned up to the Bonfire Night event. Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people turned up to watch what is probably one of the West Country's most curious traditions.

Barrels soaked in tar were set alight and carried through the East Devon town of Ottery St Mary on the shoulders of some of its residents - a Bonfire Night practice that dates back to the 17th century.

Decision expected on Devon's beavers

It is thought at least three beavers are living in the wild near Ottery St Mary Credit: PA

A decision is due on the fate of wild beavers living on the River Otter in Devon.

Conservationists think at least three now live near Ottery St Mary. Devon Wildlife Trust hopes to spend five years studying the impact of the beavers on the local environment. It has launched an appeal to fund the project.

Devon widow hires out pub to give Christmas lunch to a group of lonely strangers

Betty Williams hired out every table in the Lamb & Flag for the event Credit: ITV News

A widow from Devon has hired out an entire pub so fifty strangers in her village wouldn't have to eat Christmas dinner alone.

86 year old Betty Williams from Ottery St Mary paid for a slap up meal this lunchtime for a massive crowd of people she doesn't know who would otherwise spend the festive period by themselves.

Betty reserved every table at the Lamb and Flag pub and footed the bill for the traditional turkey dinners and bottles of wine.

The pensioner lost her husband twelve years ago and has found herself alone over the Christmas period in recent years due to a lack of close family living nearby.

This year, determined not to eat by herself and moved by Britain's food bank explosion, she contacted the mayor of Ottery St Mary Cllr Glyn Dobson, to organise a festive lunch.

Councillor Dobson decided to make a bit more of an event out of the day, and organised for the town crier and the local choir to attend.

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