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Thousands flock to Skipton Sheep Day
1:00pm Friday 6th July 2012 in News
Wind and showers did not deter thousands of people from flocking to this year’s Skipton Sheep Day. The event, which brings the countryside to the town, is always a big hit with families, thanks to the wide variety of events.
From sheep races to demonstrations of traditional crafts and from live music to battle re-enactments, there was plenty to entertain the crowds throughout the day.
Popular as ever were the Mellin family, with their sheepdog demonstrations, which drew large crowds to the High Street arena.
Brett Butler, town centre manager, said: “We had another showery day but the crowds turned out in force to celebrate Skipton’s heritage.
“Visitors love having the sheep on the High Street and the chance to see local Dales craftsmen at work.”
He added: “The Sheep Show and the Mellin family always go down particularly well with the crowds – and the Farmer’s Market did a brisk trade all through the day.
“We’re already looking forward to next year’s event scheduled for July 7.”
Dave Parker, chief officer of Skipton Town Council, said: “I’m very proud of my staff for organising and helping to facilitate a string of excellent events this year.
“Skipton punches way above its weight in terms of the number and quality of events we put on and it’s been great to work with partner organisations and many dozens of community groups and businesses.”
He added: “Skipton really does need to continue to keep this high profile, and I want to, once again, highlight the support from the Business Improvement District.
“I’ve said many times how important the financial support from the BID is and this will be increasingly important in the coming years.”
Town shops got into the spirit of Sheep Day by decorating their windows.
The winning window in the Skipton Chamber of Trade and Commerce contest was Specsavers. Runner-up was Fosters Furniture.
Chamber president Janet Collins said the standard had been high: “Thank you to all those who took part. The windows looked great,” she said.