Wednesday 27 September 2017

London Bridge Sheep Drive and the Pop-up Wool Fair

I'd like to say a big thank you to all my lovely customers from Sunday past, who came along to the pop-up wool fair that popped up for the London Bridge Sheep Drive. The sun shone, the sheep were driven, and everyone had a ball.

Way back in medieval times the Grant of the Freedom of the City of London was a right allowing individuals to carry on a trade within the city. They would have taken the grant, and joined one of the trade guilds that flourished in ye olde London towne. The right to drive livestock across the bridges into the old city without paying tolls was an important privilege that came with the Freeman's grant. And it's a right that is still practised every September, but now the Freemen receive their grants as a civic honour in recognition of outstanding achievement and the event raises money for charity.

Sunday's drive was led by the wonderful Mary Berry of television fame. She walked around the wool fair before she tackled the sheep. She took a go at a spinning wheel, and chatted with us traders about what we were selling. Everything they say about how charming she is is true. It was a great thrill to meet her, and I'm only sad that my mum (her biggest fan) wasn't there to say hello!

We also enjoyed the Pandemonium Drummers who came by in the early afternoon when things were quietening down a bit.

Their drums were upturned buckets on which they banged away with an enthusiasm that made us all smile. It's a lovely thing to see a group of people doing something they love, and having a really good time in the process. Everyone stopped and watched as they sauntered by, throwing a few dance moves as the mood grabbed them.

The Pandemonium Drummers were formed to take part in Danny Boyle's spectacular opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics. Five years on they're still going strong. More power to their elbows! is all I can say. They were great! And it's equally great that the spirit and the legacy of the London Olympiad endures.

Meanwhile down in the moat at the Tower of London a pop-up food festival was in full swing.

It was a glorious day, showcasing London at its best.

All the best for now,

Bonny x

1 comment:

  1. They both sound fun although I'd rather visit a Pop Up food Fair since I'm allergic to Wool.