THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF WOOLMEN SPONSORED BY THE MAMONT FOUNDATION
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen organised the annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge again this year. There will be the usual health and safety features and traffic precautions incorporated into the design of the day to make it a safe but enjoyable family friendly day out.
As a London tradition, it’s a spectacle in its own right. But more important than that is the generosity of those taking part in raising so much money for London’s good causes. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, says: “In a modern city such as ours it is important we also keep in touch with our honourable traditions, especially when they mark the importance of a living, breathing industry.
“The annual sheep drive is a colourful display of our city’s historic and continuing role as a trading hub for the best of British products.” Hosted and organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, which can itself trace its roots back to 1180, this year’s event takes place on Sunday 27 September, beginning at 9.30am. Twenty sheep are provided for the event by a Bedfordshire farmer, with just ten at a time driven across the bridge by successive groups of Freemen. The animals are at all times be under the observation of their usual shepherd and, as in previous years, closely monitored by representatives of the City of London’s Animal Health and Welfare Service, a veterinary surgeon and the RSPCA.
Supported by the Foundation Mamont, the sheep were named after Antarctic and Arctic stations: Vostok, Bellingshausen, Amundsen-Scott, Concordia, Mirny, Casey, Sky Blu, Haley, Svea and Barneo. For further information visit FarmingUk.