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WCEC joins annual sheep drive

Published 18th January, 2016 by Neil Nixon

WCEC joins annual sheep drive

The tradition of taking sheep over London Bridge is one of the ancient, long established rights of a Freeman of the City of London, dating back some 800 years. This is alongside other such 'privileges' including: if hanged, then by a silken rope to protect the neck from scars; to carry a naked (unsheathed) sword in public owing to good character; and that if the City of London police find a Freeman drunk and incapable, they will bundle him or her into a taxi and send them home rather than throw them into a cell!

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen organised the annual sheep drive across London Bridge again this year for the Lord Mayor's charity appeal. Each 'driver' took their sheep a quarter of the length of the bridge. There were the usual health and safety features (including effective hand hygiene protocol, measures to ensure the care and wellbeing of the sheep, and traffic precautions) to make it a safe but enjoyable event. More than 800 Freemen of the City took it in turns to herd two groups of 10 sheep back and forth over the bridge.

Those taking part in this ancient and honourable tradition included members of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners including the WCEC's Master, Tim Doyle, Lynn Webster (LWC Ltd), Lorraine Larman (LCC Support Services), and Michelle Brightly (Bridge Recruitment) along with others throughout the day including Jeff Whiley and Robbie Sutherland.

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