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Tributes paid to farmer and Love Lamb Week founder Rachel Lumley

Tributes have been paid to farmer and Love Lamb Week founder Rachel Lumley who has died, aged 37.

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Tributes paid to farmer and Love Lamb Week founder Rachel Lumley

Ms Lumley, who founded Love Lamb Week, an annual campaign promoting the benefits of eating lamb, in 2015, farmed at Hewstown Farm, Hethersfill and Newbiggin Farm, Blanchland, Cumbria with her partner John and daughter Francesca.

 

She was an experienced wool handler and represented England at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, held in New Zealand in 2017.

 

A statement from England Shearing said: “England Shearing is deeply saddened at the sudden passing of former team member and English circuit secretary Rachel Lumley.

 

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“We are thinking of her family at this devastating time. Rachel’s contribution to the circuit and to the England team will always be remembered with gratitude."

 

Kent farmer and fellow England Shearing member, Marie Prebble, said: "Rachel had a really bubbly personality and was a well-liked member of the shearing and wool handling community in the UK and overseas.

 

"She was one of those people who you met a couple of times and you felt like you had known her for years.

 

"She was really passionate about British agriculture and farming. This is a great loss to the rural community in general."


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Cumbria sheep farmer Hannah Jackson, added: “Far too young with life ahead of her and a little baby girl who needs her.

 

"A woman who stood up for this industry and made a stance when many did not. Full of love for life and always wearing a smile.”

 

Ms Lumley’s funeral will take place at Lady’s Wood House, Penrith on Wednesday, August 5. Donations can be made to Positive Langwathby Action for the Young and sent c/o Walkers Funeral Directors, Tynefield House, Penrith, CA11 8HY.

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