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Ewe don’t want to miss out on town’s annual sheep fair




For those of you who like your sheep, Swaffham will once again be the place to be this weekend.

The annual Sheep Fair will take place in the market tomorrow from 8am to 3pm with the opportunity to get close to the animals.

Mayor Jill Skinner said: “We are thrilled to be hosting the Swaffham Sheep Fair again this year-celebrating all that’s best about Swaffham past and present.

“It’s a great chance to explore the Saturday Market and discover how much the town has to offer.”

MP Elizabeth Truss with organiser and auctioneer Fabian Eagle at last year's event
MP Elizabeth Truss with organiser and auctioneer Fabian Eagle at last year's event

At the end of the day there will be a mock auction of some of the sheep with the proceeds going to four charities: Nelson’s Journey, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, ESCAPE, Norfolk's Big C, the Merle Boddy Centre and Swaffham and Litcham Hospice.

Demonstrations by spinners and weavers will also take place.

And a visit to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust ‘Woolly Roadshow’ can be visited for wool, a local and sustainable material.

Liz Truss at 2018 Swaffham Sheep Fair
Liz Truss at 2018 Swaffham Sheep Fair

Local, rare breed meats will also be for sale both on the Market and in the town butchers.

For children, there will be fairground rides and the Iceni Partnership are running a Sheep Trail.

Swaffham Sheep Fair 2018
Swaffham Sheep Fair 2018

The trail will run over half-term with prizes to be awarded at the end of the week. A Park and Ride service will run from Swaffham Raceway, where a car boot and Poultry Auction will take place.

Selling starts at 11.30am but there is time to view things beforehand.

Swaffham Sheep Fair takes place on the Market Place
Swaffham Sheep Fair takes place on the Market Place


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