Furry dance fanatic returns to Lympstone

One of the first people to have led popular fury dance event held in Lympstone was guest of honour at this year’s occasion

A NIMBLE-footed woman who led the Furry Dance on an annual basis until 1960 was delighted to be the guest of honour at this year’s event.

Ninety-seven-year-old Rolli, daughter of Tommy Keslake – who led the first ever dance – took a trip down memory lane by making an appearance at the popular Lympstone-based dance held last Saturday, August 14.

Tommy and Rolli led the dance for many years during the 50s.

The pensioner, who now lives in Exeter, was chauffeured into the village by Nick Lloyd in a classic open-top Riley.

Rolli attended the fete, held early in the afternoon, followed by the Furry Dance later in the day.

The event, organised by the Friends of Furry Dance group, has a long history dating back to before the Second World War.