Here are a few words from Catrin Parish-Marks from the Brecon Beacons National Park talking about the exciting Llandovery Sheep Festival that is taking place this upcoming weekend.
“This weekend I’m following the flock and heading to Llandovery’s Sheep Festival. Now in its third year the free weekend-long event has an activity or spectacle for the whole family – even the pet dog!
I’m looking forward to limbering up with Sarah the Sheep and Hammy the Hamster for a Baa-rilliant aerobics session, browsing and buying from the stalls – (can you really have too many tea cosies?) and dancing to the new musical talent in town. Early evening will be spent listening to anecdotes from a trio of writers – Jasper Rees, Grahame Davies and Chris Keil – in the Castle Hotel before joining the torch lit procession to watch the fireworks. Can’t be too late though if I’m to participate in Sunday morning’s Wool Sack race!
The event is a fun-packed weekend for residents and visitors but it is also a celebration of the wool industry. As an old droving town Llandovery has been physically and culturally shaped by sheep and their fleeces and the influence remains today with the UK National Rare Coloured breed auction taking place on Sunday at the mart.
There really is a lot to love about Llandovery – it’s a unique and quirky town where there’s always a warm welcome and this weekend will be no different. The Sheep Festival demonstrates how local businesses and community groups can work together to create vibrancy in the place they live, work and visit.
The weather outlook is looking dry but with a brisk wind so I encourage you all to get your favourite woolly out from the cupboard and join in the fun at Llandovery – ewe’d be baa-rmy not to!”