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TOP CHEF RICHARD CORRIGAN LEADS THE 10th LONDON SHEEP DRIVE 2023

Richard Corrigan, Chef and Farmer’s son said: “That was an amazing experience, humbled. I am humbled, no question about it. London has always delivered a lot of new surprises, new experiences, but I honestly don’t think I am ever going to live this one down. Bringing sheep over the bridge, I know what it’s like to be a shepherd as well. Just keep them moving, keep them moving, there is always a frying pan at the end of their journey, especially with me.

The sheep represent commerce, they represent food and substance when there is nothing to eat. I know all the difficulties of making a meagre living on the land so I have huge respect for sheep farmers.

It brings it all together, Sheep represent the whole City of London for the last 1000 years or more. It’s part of its wealth making, it’s part of its success, part of its taxation, it’s what made the City of London. And for everyone to understand that, to see the sheep coming over the Bridge is really cool”.

Master Woolman Vincent Kearney CBE (former Lord Mayor of London) says “It was fantastic. It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate one of the great London traditions, bringing sheep over a City bridge, a London bridge, something the Freemen of the City of London have done for hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s such a fun and slightly crazy thing to do, it’s a great day.

There are two reasons we do it, firstly because it’s such a great London tradition, it’s important we keep some of these traditions alive. Freemen of the City of London have been driving sheep over the bridges over the River Thames, along with other cattle, for hundreds and hundreds of years, because they were able to take their sheep and cattle into the City without paying a toll, so it was a really valuable right. More sheep came over London Bridge than any other animal, so people associated the right to bring your livestock into the City with sheep, and that’s what we’re celebrating today. But we’re doing it for a purpose, we’re doing it to support charities, the Woolmen’s own charity, and we also support the Lord Mayor’s charity, so we’re doing good but also having a lot of fun.

The Livery Fair is a great opportunity for the Livery Companies, many of which still have living crafts and trades associated with them, to showcase those to the public. We’ve also got some businesses, who are working with wool in innovative and new ways, exhibiting their products. It is a great new part of the wool industry”.

Nigel Mansell joins the 2016 Sheep Drive

Nigel Mansell CBE started the 2016 Sheep Drive across London Bridge in style with his grandson Jai helping out.  

They were followed by 600 Freemen of the City including the Sheriffs, the Chamberlain, the Master Woolmen and his Wardens and representatives from most of the Livery Companies of the City.

The many people who came in their City robes and fancy dress brightened up the bridge and the City, and fortunately it was another sunny day.

 


Nigel Mansell CBE

Former Formula One World Champion will exchange his F1 Car for a flock of sheep for his next drive.

Nigel Ernest James Mansell CBE was born in 1953. He won the Formula One World Championship in 1992 and the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Indy World Series in 1993.  He was the reigning Formula One Champion when he moved over to CART, becoming the first person to win the CART title in his debut season, and making him the only person to hold the World Drivers Championship and the American open-wheel National Championship simultaneously.

His career in Formula One spanned 15 seasons, and his final two full seasons of top-level racing were spent in the CART series. Mansell is the second most successful British Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins with 31 victories, and is seventh overall on the Formula One race winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna and Fernando Alonso. He held the record for the most number of poles set in a single season, which was broken in 2011 by Sebastian Vettel. He was rated in the top 10 Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator Murray Walker. In 2008, ESPN.com ranked him 24th on their “Top 25 Drivers of All Time” list. He was also ranked No. 9 of the 50 greatest F1 drivers of all time by the Times Online on a list that also included such drivers as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.

Nigel MansellNigel raced in the Grand Prix Masters series in 2005, and won the championship title. He later signed a one-off race deal for the Scuderia Ecosse GT race team to drive their number 63 Ferrari F430 GT2 car at Silverstone on 6 May 2007. He has since competed in additional sports car races with his sons Leo and Greg, including the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Mansell was inducted to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is the current President of one of the UK’s largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth. He is also President of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). In September 2014, it was announced that Mansell would be opening a Mitsubishi franchise on Jersey later in the month.  In September 2015 the organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix (which was returning to Formula One after a 23-year absence) announced that the final corner of the redesigned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit would be named after the 1992 Formula One World Champion and winner of the final race at the Mexico City circuit before it was dropped from the Formula One calendar for the 1993 season.


Wool Fair

On 29th September 2019 the Woolmen will be organising a bigger and better wool and livery fair at Monument in conjunction with the Sheep Drive – this is about 300 metres from the north end of London Bridge.

The fair will include many craft and fashion accessories market stalls, urban street food stalls, and livery company stalls showing off their skills and crafts.