Now in its ninth year, the annual Sheep Drive is set to take place on 26 September at Southwark Bridge and its certainly an event to witness! Leading this years flock into the City is Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, you might have seen her on Channel 5's "Our Yorkshire Farm". She'll be accompanied by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, The Right Honourable William Russell.
The Sheep Drive honours the the right that farmers were given, as Freemen of the City, to herd their sheep across London Bridge to bring them to market. No one knows when the last flock of sheep crossed over into the City to be sold, but the Worshipful Company of Woolmen arranged the first Sheep Drive in 2013 to uphold the tradition of Freeman's rights and its been running ever since. Accompanying the Sheep Drive on the bridge is the Livery Fair where you can find stalls showcasing the skills and products from Livery Companies in the City of London. Expect to see specialist wool and textile trades, crafts and demonstrations, and an eclectic selection of food and drink.