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WOOLLY jumpers were all the rage as the Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham staged its annual sheep fair over the weekend.

The two-day event is held to celebrate a proud tradition of sheep trading in the town that can be traced back more than 1,000 years.

Programme highlights for 2013 included sheep racing, above, and sheepdog demonstrations as well as competition classes for a wide range of breeds of sheep.

Other entertainment included a craft market, woollen skills contests, brewery tours, bell-ringing, morris dancing, an old-time children’s fair and a horticultural display.

Masham Tourist Information Centre also arranged an exhibition entitled Woollen Hills, looking at how the sheep and wool trades have helped bring the communities of the Dales closer together.

All proceeds from this year’s fair will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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