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VIDEO: St Agnes welcomes world’s rarest sheep

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

  • Tom Kay from Finisterre with Lesley Prior and her rare Bowmont sheep.

  • Tom Kay from Finisterre with Lesley Prior and her rare Bowmont sheep.

  • Tom Kay from Finisterre with Lesley Prior and her rare Bowmont sheep.

  • The rare Bowmont sheep.

  • Jess Davis looking at some of the products made from Bowmont wool on sale at the Finisterre

  • The rare Bowmont sheep.

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Visitors flocked to St Agnes to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s rarest sheep breeds last weekend.

Clothing brand, Finisterre, welcomed Lesley Prior and several of her rare Bowmont sheep to their festive open day inWheal Kitty last Saturday.

More than 200 people turned out to meet the sheep, whose wool has been described as Britain’s answer to the luxurious merino brand.

Mrs Prior is the only UK farmer of the Bowmont breed, and after being given just 29 sheep six years ago she has managed to grow her flock to more than 200 animals.

Finisterre, which specialises in clothing for cold water surfing, work closely with Mrs Prior and have a range of garments made from her exclusive wool.

Tom Kay, Founder of Finisterre, said: “We’ve been working the project for six years and it was the first time that Lesley had been down.

“We’ve been buying the wool from the start, when there wasn’t even enough to make a jumper, and now we have a whole range, it’s excellent.”

The brand, which won an Observer business award in 2008, used the open day to launch their snug Bowmont Beanie.

Mr Kay said: “Bowmont wool naturally is made up of very fine fibres which make it perfect to wear next to the skin because it doesn’t itch. Our new beanie is perfect for putting on after getting out of the cold sea.”

Visitors were also shown around the Finisterre workshop and given mulled wine and mince pies in their Swedish tent.

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