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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Organisers surprised by interest in gathering

FARMERS and shepherds are set to take part in a special series of events aimed at celebrating wool.

Kendal Wool Gathering will mix demonstrations, fun activities and displays, all connected to the cloth on which the town’s wealth was built.

The event runs from Friday October 11 until Sunday, October 13, the weekend before National Wool Week.

Organiser Adrian Swenson, of Arnside, said: “The level of interest and enthusiasm for the gathering has taken us by surprise.

“Its popularity has shown the enormous potential for such an event in Kendal. We are already getting interest from people wanting to get involved next year.”

The team behind the initiative are Mr Swenson, wool spinner with a specialist interest in textile heritage, media consultant Mike Glover, well-known shepherdess Alison O’Neill and alpaca farm owner Kim Kearney, supported by K Village, Cumbria Tourism, Kendal Town Council, South Lakeland District Council, the Rough Fell Sheep Association, Campaign for Wool and British Wool Marketing Board.

The main hub for the Saturday and Sunday events will be at K Village’s Netherfield Place, where Kendal rough fell sheep and alpacas will be on show.

A large unit will feature commercial stands and displays of skills and crafts like spinning and weaving.

Campaign for Wool is holding one of just three major events in the country in Kendal to coincide with the wool gathering. Its pic-knit will be at Low Sizergh Barn on Sunday, October 13, from 10am to 3pm.

There will be experts to talk to about the process of wool from sheep to product, also spinning wheel demonstrations.

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