Trio of whitefaced woodland sheep shorn at The Forum to highlight how wool is created
- Credit: Ian Burt
Three whitefaced woodland sheep were special guests outside The Forum in Norwich today for the Makers' Month festival.
The trio - who were at the Rare Breeds Survival Trust East Anglia Support Group stand - drew quite a crowd as they were shorn at midday and their raw fleeces were then spun.
Whitefaced woodland sheep are classed as vulnerable on the RBST Watchlist 2016 and the aim of their visit was to raise awareness of the breed and to highlight where wool comes from.
Gail Sprake, who is the national RBST chairman, said: 'It is Makers' Month at the Forum and they are doing everything to do with wool and fibre, and we have brought the live fibre, the live sheep, to show there is a little bit more to it than just clean wool.'
She added: 'It's to raise the public awareness of the heritage of our native breeds and the uses of them.'
The sheep belong to 16-year-old Esme Harrison, the youngest committee member of RBST EASG, who farms with her dad, Granger Harrison, at Lakenheath.
For more about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, visit www.rbst.org.uk
You can also find Rare Breed Survival Trust East Anglia on Facebook and follow @RBSTEASG on Twitter.
For more about Makers' Month at the Forum - a celebration of everything from knitting to sewing to quilting to drawing - visit http://www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/
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