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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 May, 2004, 08:48 GMT 09:48 UK
Freewoman exercises sheep right
Nancy Dodd and sheep
Nancy's flock exercised their freedom
A charity worker exercised her right as a Freeman of the City by driving a flock of sheep up Wells' high street.

Nancy Dodd borrowed eight animals from a farmer friend to stage the Monday bank holiday caper.

"It was great, except when they let the sheep out of the truck, they had a mind of their own and took off," she said.

Ms Dodd, who was granted the accolade for her work in the community, believes it is the first time in the town's history this has been done.

The sheep were eventually rounded up, but their escape caused more amusement than disruption.

"We had a pen ready in the market place, but they decided to do a lap of honour and took off up the street.

"They were gone with everybody chasing after them. There were lots of people out cheering.

"When we got them back, the children came to have a look at them. There were lambs there, it was a memorable day."

Freedom is usually granted to a military unit which has a long-term relationship with a city.

On Sunday, the officers and crew of HMS Somerset marched through Wells with fixed bayonets, after the ship was given the award.


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