The Prince of Wales visited the photographic exhibition A Portrait of Lakeland in the Rheged centre near Penrith yesterday 1st April. The exhibition is by Ian Lawson, who spent five years studying the Herdwick breed and their shepherds. The prince has been praised for backing the campaign to protect Cumbria’s Herdwick sheep and securing better deals for farmers who breed them. He met some of the Herdwick breeders featured in the exhibition, which he spent about 25 minutes viewing. The prince also spent around 10 minutes speaking with Herdwick shepherds and met some of the wool producers in his capacity as patron for The Campaign for Wool. He also talked to some of the young shepherds who have been recipients from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, of which he is patron. The fund, started five years ago, has already distributed more than £800,000 in the county alone.
Prior to their appearance at Furness Tradition this year, Striding Edge were at Rheged to play for the Prince’s visit.
They shall be playing at the Market Cross on Saturday during the festival.