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Butchers flock to Southwark Bridge

Published on: 27 September 2021

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen organise an annual Sheep Drive which allows Freemen of the City of London the opportunity to drove their sheep across London Bridge, something that every Freeman has a right to do - but only if officially organised these days! This year the event took place on Southwark Bridge. Liveryman Chris Benham tells us about the day a merry flock of Butchers drove their sheep on Sunday 26th of Septem-baa.

Time wool tell as to how much the Worshipful Company of Woolmen raised for charity from the Sheep Drive and Livery Fair held on Southwark Bridge this year. 

Ewe herd it here first, the Butchers were represented by a strong flock that included the Master, 8 Liverymen and their partners. Rumour has it that the Master may have drove down in a Lambahhgini making no ewe turns en-route! 

Many turned up of all sheeps and sizes, some in fancy dress, from Tweed, Top Hat 'n' tails, aprons a plenty with many carrying crooks to help them stay upright and not get a pullover (sheep shot I know!).

A great time was had by all and if this is the sheep of things to come, and not wishing to ram the point home, all’s wool that ends wool.

Hopefully, this has cheered ewe up and I’m now off to grab a chocolate BAAAAh!

Liveryman & Shepherd Chris Benham

Best costume winner: Garry Dennis, designed by his wife Martina