Sheep fair is a ‘shear’ delight for town

Little Joseph Wilson (aged 16 months) takes a closer look at one of the sheep with help from his mum Anna. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1409281AM6)
Little Joseph Wilson (aged 16 months) takes a closer look at one of the sheep with help from his mum Anna. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1409281AM6)

Masham Sheep Fair was held at the weekend with two days of events celebrating the market town’s farming heritage.

Commemorating the days when as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year in Masham’s market place, visitors flocked to the town on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, to see sheep show and classes, sheep racing, sheepdog demonstrations, the Bishop Blaize procession, tours of both Theakston’s and Black Sheep breweries and a flower display in St Mary’s Church.

New for this year was the Wool Event which ran on both days in Masham Town Hall, where there was two floors of exhibitors and crafts people reflecting the importance of sheep and wool to Masham.

All crafts on display demonstrated what can be done with wool, from raw fleece to finished articles, with demonstrations of spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving and felting as well as woollen goods for sale from passionate artisans.