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Illustrating the cultural diversity of District 105NE, Dumfries Lions Club were at the heart of the community in Moffat last weekend manning the betting stalls and the “Bucking Ewe” for the annual Moffat Sheep Races!

It takes concentration!

It takes concentration!

Thousands cheered on ewes and their knitted woollen jockeys as they hurtled through the streets in the rural town’s annual sheep races. Crowds lined the pavement in sleepy Moffat, southern Scotland, to watch the town’s traditional sheep racing contest.

Costume clad ewes – some even wearing hats – go up against each other with hand-knitted jockeys on their backs. Locals and tourists place bets on who will win the exciting races, with all proceeds going to the town promotion group. Losing punters could have claimed it was a stitch-up. But those who tipped the successful hand-knitted jockey in the Moffat Sheep Race will have been far from sheepish when collecting their winnings, having proved themselves as experts when it comes to judging speedy ewes.

"Lion Stuart, have you a comment for the radio?"

“Lion Stuart, have you a comment for the radio?”

The annual get-together has become an unmissable event in the Dumfries and Galloway town, where locals and tourists try their hand betting on sheep as they hurtle through Moffat’s closed High Street in a series of fun races.

All of the ewes, which are supplied by a local farm, don racing uniforms and fancy dress items for their runs, and sprint to the finish line carrying woollen jockeys on their backs. There are also several races where rams lock horns on the track too.

The sheep races celebrate Moffat’s sheep farming and centuries old woollen industry, with the event made possible by the generosity and support of the local farming community. Moffat’s best known pubs, restaurants, cafés, craft and gift shops all join in the festivities, with street stalls popping up to offer visitors the best in local produce, arts and crafts.

District Convention 2018

16th to 18th November 2018
Join us for some good old fashioned Yorkshire hospitality at our 36th Annual District Convention at The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton.
Nestled in the centre of the Vale of York, Northallerton is the heart and county town of North Yorkshire. The town has good communication links, it is on the East Coast main line, and is situated in the centre of the A1(M) and A19 corridors.
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