Elizabethan costumes, flocks of sheep and cannon firing took over Bideford on Saturday.

Bid heritage day sheep driveBid heritage day sheep drive

Crowds flocked to Bideford this weekend to take a step back in time and enjoy the town’s annual Heritage Day on Saturday.

But in an interesting twist, the Guild of Weavers, Fullers and Shearman from Tucker’s Hall in Exeter drove a dozen sheep across Bideford Bridge.

The sheep, borrowed from The BIG Sheep, were preceded across the Bridge by Bideford Mayor Simon Inch and a group from the Guild dressed in finest regalia.

Members of Bideford town council, Torridge District Council and Bideford 500 also joined the flock across the bridge.

Cllr Simon Inch said: “It was a marvellous day; a lot of people joined in and we couldn’t believe how many people came to watch the sheep being driven across the bridge.

“There has been talk with how well it went that we could make this an annual thing, which would be wonderful.”

The town also saw a hub of activity including a procession along the Quay and cannon firing, live music, guided walks and costumed Elizabethans portraying everyday life.