TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has herded sheep over London Bridge to recognise the importance of British farming.
The herding event is a tradition which stretches back centuries with over 600 Freemen of the City of London taking up their historical right to herd the sheep into the capital.
As many as 30 Bedfordshire sheep were brought down for the event which raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and aimed to raise awareness of farming, and in particular the British wool industry.
Titchmarsh said: “This reminds them [the public] of the importance of farming and all it produces. I don’t think I’ve done anything odder than this on a Sunday morning. This takes the biscuit.”
Members of the public can become a Freeman by paying a fee or can be awarded the title for public service. Freemen were historically allowed to bring their tools and animals into the capital tax-free.
Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “It is wonderful to be able to take part in this event to raise money for such fantastic causes.”
The event was organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen which has been running since 1180. Bill Clark, past master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, said: “Driving sheep over London Bridge by Freemen of the City is a tradition rooted in more than 800 years of the history of the Woolmen.
“Re-energising this old tradition provides a fun day out for Londoners but it is also a reminder of the City of London’s important trading history. Wool may have been replaced by stocks and shares but London is still the world’s centre of commerce.”
Titchmarsh followed in the footsteps of Carry On star Barbara Windsor, who herded the sheep across in 2015.