Flock on the loose in market town high street

Sheep being driven down Hadleigh High Street at the finale of the town's Year of the Sheep celebrations. ANL-150930-111217001
Sheep being driven down Hadleigh High Street at the finale of the town's Year of the Sheep celebrations. ANL-150930-111217001

If you saw sheep running down the middle of Hadleigh High Street on Saturday morning, don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream.

As part of the finale to Hadleigh’s Year of the Sheep celebrations, 40 sheep from Bridge Farm, Chelsworth, were driven down the town’s main road and rounded up by the farm’s shepherd Ed Hawkins.

As seen on ITV’s Flockstars, Mr Hawkins’ display was watched by hundreds of onlookers, a fitting climax to a year of events.

“It went really well, the High Street was buzzing all day,” said Jan Devey, one of the organising committee members.

The drive was the culmination of months of events and Mrs Devey said she was proud of how the celebration had been run.

“We have had everybody from children to the elderly.

“Disabled groups, all the special interest groups, everybody has been involved,” she said.

“One of the things that brought everybody together was the bunting through the street. There were over 1,200 sheep on the bunting.”

There was also a flock of sheep on display in St Mary’s Church, made by local groups and businesses using material donated by Hadleigh-based building insulation firm Celotex.

“We had a lot of displays and lectures on the history of the Hadleigh wool trade,” said Mrs Devey. “It built its wealth on wool and cloth.

“Hopefully it will raise the profile of Hadleigh and its history and heritage.”

There have also been fashion shows, quiz nights and concerts, with hundreds of pounds raised for charity.

A lot of the material used will also be donated to local organisations.

The special year will not be forgotten easily with a giant sheep outline to be put on a hill on the outskirts of the town.