Village's best kept secret
PUBLISHED: 02:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010
A well-kept secret gave a Lympstone couple an almighty surprise as the village celebrated the pair's community spirit. Honouring 30 years' commitment to the Lympstone Players amateur dramatics society, a party for Daphne and Brian Ridge underwent so much
A well-kept secret gave a Lympstone couple an almighty surprise as the village celebrated the pair's community spirit.Honouring 30 years' commitment to the Lympstone Players amateur dramatics society, a party for Daphne and Brian Ridge underwent so much undercover planning, it warranted protection under the official secrets act.The close-knit village kept plans under wraps for two months.With the Ridges also celebrating their 70th birthdays this year, the 150-guest party was a roaring success.Said Daphne: "We were totally taken by surprise, right up to the last minute when we entered the hall. "We could not believe what a wonderful evening had been prepared for us." Party co-organiser and Players committee member Sue Mildenhall said: "Many friends were afraid to talk to the couple in case they inadvertently mentioned 'the party'." The couple have not only stage-managed the players - and encouraged family members to tread the boards - but are members of the sailing club and play an active part in many village initiatives.Daphne, a talented painter, runs the Monday Art Group in Lympstone, while Brian is the Lympstone Village Hall committee secretary.Ceilidh music from local band Off the Square entertained partygoers, who raised funds for the Tymes Trust charity for young sufferers of ME.