MORE than 700 people attended the Odstock, Nunton and Bodenham Grand Fete at the weekend raising around £5,000 for local good causes.

Held on Nunton Field, the day's highlights included a fancy dress parade based on a western cowboy theme, a raft race and a village tug of war.

Adrian Taylor, a member of the organising committee, said: "We were lucky with the weather - it was a super afternoon.

"The day included a bird of prey flying display, dog agility and all sorts of side shows and stalls.

"People who came for the first time remarked on what a nice atmosphere there was.

"The night before, Ebblefest was a great success and very well attended."

Ebblefest is the new name given to the traditional live music, dance and barbecue event held on the Friday night before the fete.

Paula Gribben, who helped to organise the event, said: "In the last couple of years the event had seen a drop in attendance.

"As part of a drive to revive its popularity, this year a number of changes were introduced; a more modern name, a logo inspired by the Ebble river and a new format to include two bands.

"Opening the proceedings was Dr Dharma, a local band that plays a range of blues rock from the 60s and progressive rock from the 70s followed by Second Nature who brought the music more up to date with their large repertoire of popular rock covers."