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Farmer Wayne Parker thanks community who helped to shepherd his Welsh Mule flock along busy B1383



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Farmer Wayne Parker praised members of the public who helped him and his three sheepdogs with the drive of hundreds of sheep.

Despite the theft of his quad bike overshadowing the event on Wednesday January 22, people turned out again on Sunday (January 26) to support him moving another 670 animals.

Having taken over fields around Elsenham, Quendon and Rickling, Mr Parker tends to 2,500 sheep. He appealed via social media for villagers in the area to help shepherd them from field to field along busy main roads.

Quendon. Farmer Wayne Parker gets some help from the residents of Quendon as he moves some of his Welsh Mule sheep from near Quendon Hall to another location through the village. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (27824549)
Quendon. Farmer Wayne Parker gets some help from the residents of Quendon as he moves some of his Welsh Mule sheep from near Quendon Hall to another location through the village. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (27824549)

He was overwhelmed by the response, with 20-30 people helping to drive a flock along North Hall Road, Elsenham, to Quendon and another 30-40 lining the roads through Quendon at the weekend.

"It was a fantastic turnout, with children helping too. I'm so grateful, and if it wasn't for them it would make our lives a lot harder!" he said. "I'm over the moon that people want to help."

And with lambing season fast approaching, he will be seeking volunteers to help care for any needy lambs.



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