Today was a very special day for me. I joined several hundred other Liverymen of the City of London to exercise our “fabled right” to drive sheep across London Bridge without the payment of fee or tariff. The “Sheep Drive 2008” was organised to raise money for the Lord Mayor of London’s chosen charities, Wellbeing of Women and sight charity Orbis.
But as I walked over the bridge, a little piece of Kent went with me as the sheep were Romney ewes, and these animals were from a farm in Ashford. Specially trained by farmer George Horne so as to be un-phased by traffic, he walked them on local roads while beating dustbin lids to get them used to noise.
The training proved invaluable as we were drummed across London Bridge by The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers in full King Charles I regalia of scarlet uniform, breastplate and helmet. Great fun, good company, and I understand we will have raised in the region of £40,000 as well as providing a spectacle for the tourists.