Crowds flock to town’s wool fair

The centre of Shipston was filled with 20 different breeds of sheep on Bank Holiday Monday for the annual Shipston Wool Fair.

The event was opened by BBC television personality Sue Cook, while TV Historian Bryan McNerney formally opened the new Shipston Heritage Centre. Funded by Warwickshire County Council, the centre holds displays of sheep shearing equipment, wool and information on Shipston’s wool history.

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Mr McNerney even treated residents to an 18th century song on the importance of sheep.

A five-feet medieval-style tapestry map of the town was unveiled and is now on display as the centre-piece in the Heritage Centre in front of Shipston Post Office. It will be on view until the end of September.

The fair included live music throughout the day, stalls selling wool-related products and a show ring where onlookers could watch and learn about the different breeds of sheep on show. There were also a large number of fleeces on display in the exhibition marquee. Event organiser Bob Armstrong said: “It was another great wool-filled day out. We’re already looking forward to next year.”