Sheep Shearing in the Churchyard, Loftus

Saturday 22 June 2013 will see the revival of the historic Loftus Wool Fayre, together with the reintroduction of a Market in Loftus Market Place.

Until 1938 the Loftus Wool Fayre was an historic annual event with agricultural activities taking over Loftus Market Place. For 2013, the Wool Fayre returns to the very centre of this ancient Market Town.

Highlights will include sheep shearing in St Leonard’s churchyard, with demonstrations every hour starting at 10.30am. Demonstrations of wool related crafts including spinning and weaving in Loftus Town Hall; photographs of historic Loftus will also be on display in the Town Hall, as will exhibitions of adults and children’s work – and as a complete contrast there will be demonstrations of Street Dancing and a visit from a Dance Band Organ.

To coincide with the Wool Fayre there will also be, for the first time in many years, Market Stalls in Loftus Market Place, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Stalls include local produce and handicrafts.

Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus said, “The Wool Fayre has been over a year in the making and will be a fantastic day for our town. The revival of the ancient Wool Fayre also demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together as a community.”

So, with so much heritage and hospitality, with sheep shearing and shopping, with fun and food – why not come along and support the revival of this unique event.