ALMOST 900 people flocked to the Old Prison in Northleach to celebrate the market town’s heritage as a wool trading capital.

Organisers were only expecting 100 people to turn up for the town’s inaugural Sheep and Wool Day. However, buoyed by the good weather punters came in their droves to sample the live music, meet fluffy sheep and to learn the ins and outs of spinning wool.

The idea for the day came from the Northleach Spinners and Weavers who wanted to show people about an important part of the area’s history.

They were on hand all day to demonstrate how wool used to be woven.

Jessica Hughes runs Cotswold Lion Cafe in the Old Prison and was part of the team organising the event.

“The day was a massive success. The weather was on our side and people had a really good time - now we’re looking forward to next year.”

Also there on the day were sheep from Conygree Farm whose staff were also manning a BBQ.