An angry neighbour hit out at Claire Mountjoy for hanging her laundry outside in Colyton, Devon – and accused her of driving away tourists by not using a tumble dryer.
But locals disowned the letter by drying as much of their laundry outside in a huge show of support.
Hilarious pictures show fancy dress costumes hanging across a street – while one cheeky resident even made a flag out of a bra.
Claire, an Education Officer for Devon Wildlife Trust, told DevonLive: "It shows the fabulous community spirit Colyton has.
"Colyton is known as the most rebellious town in Devon. That kind of streak is still in its people.
"It is quite strange that someone should be so upset about it. They suggest that visitors would be put off but actually our laundry revolution is actually bringing in more visitors."
Local Paul Arnott said he put up a washing line after reading about the letter on Facebook.
He wrote: "This display of laundry is in support of a lovely family in Dolphin Street."
"Yesterday they received the dreaded anonymous letter 'meant in kindness' asking them not to dry their washing at the front of their house for fear of upsetting tourists.
The anonymous letter in full
I am writing on behalf of local businesses and your neighbourhood to ask you with kindness not to put your washing out at the front of your house.
We all try hard to keep our lovely town thriving and looking good.
The visitors walk up Dolphin Street from the tram and your terrace is a prime location.
While we understand you have a small house with no outside room for your boys, would you please consider using a tumble dryer or hanging the washing indoors.
This letter is not written with malice but we ask you to please help us all keep Colyton a town we can all be proud of.
Sincere best wishes
"As Bart Simpson used to say, 'Eat my shorts'."
Alison Stenning added: "We should have an annual Colyton Hanging Day when everyone hangs their washing in front of their house."
Another resident suggested that June 7 each year should become "Colyton’s Underwear Airing Rebellion Day."
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