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Cotswold Lions in Cirencester soon!

Cotswold Sheep flock to New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, to herald the opening of ‘Sheep – from Lamb to Loom’, an exhibition by Kate Lynch and Alastair Goolden.

At 11am on Saturday 9th May, shoppers and visitors to Cirencester will be able to witness sheep being driven through the town for the first time in many years. The beautiful golden fleeced Cotswold sheep will be driven down Cricklade Street to New Brewery Arts to announce the start of the exhibition and a whole series of sheep events which will be happening at New Brewery Arts between 9th May and 21st June.

It is highly fitting that the breed of sheep chosen for this event is the Cotswold sheep, often referred to as the Cotswold Lion. One of the oldest breeds in Britain, the Cotswold is believed to have been introduced by the Romans. The wool, known as the Golden Fleece, was a major export and played a definitive role in the development of Cirencester and many other Cotswold towns and villages.

The sheep belong to Derek and Maggie Cross who are members of the Cotswold Sheep Society. The sheep and representatives of the Society will be in Brewery Court throughout the day and the public will be able to find out more about this rare breed and see how Cotswold wool is spun.

Sheep, from Lamb to Loom, New Brewery Arts
9th May – 21st June
Open 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday.

Look out for more details about MAKE IT, Coat in a Day, and other sheep related events at New Brewery Arts throughout the exhibition and on 21st June.

For further information about the exhibition contact: Annie Gould, Press Officer New Brewery Arts Tel 01285 657181 email

For further information about the Cotswold Sheep Society contact: Lucinda Foster, Secretary, Tel: 01285 851197 email:

Posted : 30/04/2009 17:46:57

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