Cattle Take to City Streets to Celebrate British Livestock

Two Beef Shorthorn heifers escorted by the Light Cavalry from the Honourable Artillery Company and City of London Police led a procession through the City of London on Thursday 3 December, to start the Celebration of British Livestock at Christmas event.

The prize winning cattle which were making a 200 mile round trip from Charles Horrell’s Pode Hole herd, Peterborough, were ‘blessed’ in front of St Paul’s Cathedral by the Revd Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor at St Paul’s, before journeying down Ludgate Hill and up Fleet Street to St Bride’s Church for a seasonal celebration of British livestock attended by more than 300 livestock producers, retailers and government representatives.

Shorthorn Cattle are Blessed in front of St Paul's

Shorthorn Cattle are Blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral

Organised by Shepherd Publishing and with principal sponsor Animax, the event aimed to raise the profile of the exceptional quality of British livestock and raise money for the Addington Fund that supports those in the farming industry in need.

British fayre dominated a lunch at the nearby Stationers Hall and preceded an auction of 14 lots that, with match-funding from Barclays, raised £12,090 for the Addington Fund.

Chief executive Ian Bell commented:
“Today has been a tremendous occasion for the British livestock. We’ve had enormous support from farmers showcasing their animals and from industry donations towards the event.

“Our strong message reflecting the superb quality and integrity of British livestock has reached a wide audience through the event as well as raising support for the Addington Fund. The celebration in a Christmas service at St Bride’s was the icing on the cake.”

Addington Fund

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