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Final curtain call for de-baa-rting Go Herdwick flock

img_6373[T]he Lake District Calvert Trust is looking forward to celebrating their iconic flock of 108 Herdwick ewes and lambs one last time at the Grand Gala Auction on Saturday 8 October at the Low Wood Bay Hotel.

Thus far, the project has exceeded all expectations. Scattered across 150 square miles and 5 Lake District towns, sponsored by nearly 100 businesses and decorated by over 70 artists, the flock of 108 life-size Herdwick ewes and lambs have been seen by an estimated 25,000 people who officially went Herdwick Spotting and countless thousands more who happened across them in their Lakeland homes since March.

Following the end of the trail, the flock took up residence at Rheged for an incredibly successful 7-day v-ewe-ing seen by over 4500 people, raising over £17000 towards the charitable goal of £100,000. The v-ewe-ing was made all the more special thanks to the involvement of Theatre by the Lake’s creative and production team who breathed new life into the set used for The Shepherd’s Life (Spring 2016), creating a fell-side home complete with projection and soundscape for the ladies and babies.

img_6370Bill Bell, Go Herdwick Project Chairman and Trustee of the Lake District Calvert Trust commented: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received throughout the course of the trail. Sponsors, artists, patrons, partners and of course, the public have all played a vital role in making this a very memorable event. We really hope the auction is a huge success and a fitting end to this tremendous project.”

The Go Herdwick team are very much hoping that their luck and buyers’ generosity will prevail at the all-important final auction. The event is a total sell out with 268 lucky ticket holders attending in person and hundreds more registered to view and / or bid online. Earlier pre-auction jitters as to whether or not flock members would make an average of £500 per lamb and £1250 per ewe are quietly dispelling as a flurry of advance bids are coming in to auctioneers H&H Group who are in charge of proceedings. A number of ewes have had advance bids of well in excess of £2000 each and so the team are quietly optimistic about the outcome of the auction.

All proceeds raised go towards the Lake District Calvert Trust’s 40th Anniversary fund –  £1.3million for the redevelopment of the Lake District Calvert Trust’s Old Windebrowe site in Keswick. This Grade II listed farmhouse and tithe barn will be redeveloped into six specialised apartments suitable for those with acquired brain injury, an acquired physical disability or going through stroke recovery.

To register an advance bid, to watch or bid live in the auction or to purchase one of the last remaining Go Herdwick Souvenir Catalogues, visit

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