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Woolly roadshow launched to promote British Wool

Smallholders David and Karen Griffiths are touring the UK to promote the best of British wool and British sheep


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Woolly roadshow launched to promote British Wool #woolweek

UK wool week, which runs from October 7 to 22, is held every year by the Campaign for Wool to promote wool from around the Commonwealth.

 

But one Derbyshire couple were heading off on a tour of the UK to showcase the best in local British Wool.

 

 

David and Karen Griffiths, owners of Griffiths Wool woollen mill in Derbyshire, were touring the UK including stops in London, Glasgow and Caernarfon.

The ‘Woolly Roadshow’ was launched last year as an educational promotion of British wool, British sheep and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

 

Tour

 

On the seven day tour, David and Karen will travel across England, Scotland and Wales. They will be joined at each venue by members of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, National Sheep Association and British Wool producers.

 

At each location they will be displaying native sheep breeds local to the area with hand-spinning and felting demonstrations.

 

David and Karen keep their own sheep including Blue Face Leicester, Wensleydale, Lincoln Longwool, Shropshire, Shetland, Hebridean, Romney, Derbyshire Gritstone and Est a Laine Merino.

The Woolly Roadshow

Monday October 9

Castle Square, Caernarfon

9am to 3pm

The castle was built by Edward I with taxes he imposed on the wool merchants. It was also the location of the Investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales in 1969.

The Prince of Wales is Patron of the Campaign for Wool, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, the Badger Face Welsh Mountain Sheep Society, the Lleyn Sheep Society and the North Country Cheviot Sheep Society.


 

Tuesday October 10

Buchanan Street, Glasgow

9am to 3pm

The largest city in Scotland and the second largest shopping area in the UK.


 

Wednesday October 11

The Amphitheatre, The Forum, Norwich

9am to 3pm

During the Hundred Years War many weavers relocated from the continent to East Anglia due to increased taxation on wool from England.


 

Thursday October 12

Cathedral Green, Exeter

9am to 3pm

Exeter was the centre for the woollen trade in the south-west and at its height had at least three purpose built cloth markets in the city. The first market opened in 1538 by Henry Hamlyn, the Mayor who established a weekly market for fleece, yarn and kersey, a type of coarse cloth.


 

Friday October 13

Green Park, London (Opposite Hyde Park Corner)

8am to 3pm


 

Saturday and Sunday October 14 and 15

Bakewell Wool Gathering, Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire

9am to 3pm

David and Karen will be in their home county showcasing local Derbyshire Gritstone sheep

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