Wonders of Wool at Highland Show

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Wool will be in the spotlight at the Royal Highland Show as the National Sheep Association, in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise, Textiles Scotland and the Campaign for Wool, take the commodity all the way from the sheep’s back to the fashion catwalk.

“Rediscover the Wonders of Wool” will feature on all four days of the show in the NSA marquee and will include live demonstrations, competitions and a fashion show.

The aim is to acquaint consumers with the story of wool, which begins on the farm and ends in a variety of uses, from knitwear and clothing to carpets and car seats. The Campaign for Wool, initiated by HRH The Prince of Wales, launched Wool Week last October.

The NSA programme at the Royal Highland Show will include fleece judging and a spinning demonstration on the Thursday opening day.

Friday is fashion day with a team of professional models taking to the catwalk to show off a range of wool garments, part of Textiles Scotland’s New Wool campaign. There will also be a felt making demonstration.

Saturday sees the “Baaa’ck to Back” competition where the race is on to clip a sheep, spin the wool, knit a jumper and wear it with pride in the quickest possible time.

The Sunday programme includes a lamb dressing competition, clipping and preparing sheep for showing plus a video display and commentary on innovations with wool insulation.

The Royal Highland Show – major sponsor The Royal Bank of Scotland - takes place on June 23-26 at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh.