Crowd gathers to see sheep flock through Kendal town centre as iconic photo is reproduced

The sheep are herded down All Hallows Lane in this 2014 recreation (Photo: Helen Isaac)

A section of the crowd waiting in eager anticipation

Joseph Hardman's original photograph

Crowd gathers to see sheep flock through Kendal town centre as iconic photo is reproduced

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A BOLD bid to recreate photograph of sheep being herded through Kendal town centre more than 60 years ago has been carried off without a hitch.

Well over a hundred people got out of bed early to watch the iconic Kendal Rush Hour picture being re-staged - including some of the people who appeared in the original shot.

The stars of the modern version of the photo were a flock of rough fell sheep owned by South Lakes farmer Jane Knowles, which were herded down Allhallows Lane at 9am today by Sedbergh shepherdess Alison O'Neil.

The image, copying the one taken by photographer Joseph Hardman in 1953, was re-created as part of the run-up to Kendal Wool Gathering in October.

Among the people who turned out this morning was Janet Hughes, of Burneside Road, Kendal.

“I just happened to be passing to go to the bank and remembered that it was on, so I came to see what was happening with the sheep coming down Allhallows Lane.

“It’s really been very well organised. The turnout is excellent and at least we’ve got the weather for it.”

Watching alongside her was Sarah Greenhowe with her three children - Hattie, six, and three-year-old twins Will and Eddie.

Sarah's husband Adam also came along from the family home near Blackpool - but his role was to stand in the same spot his late father Fred, a delivery driver, was in when original photograph was taken.

“Adam’s mum Trudie saw the story in the Gazette," said Mrs Greenhowe. "His late father Fred was in front of the truck and he’s taken his position in the new photograph.”

Another participant was Edward Acland, 72, who appeared in the original Hardman photo when an 11-year-old schoolboy.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant," he said. "It all went like clockwork. I’d been rather pessimistic, wandering what they hadn’t thought of; but they thought of everything.

“It’s so thrilling that it went so beautifully well. It’s brought back memories and there’s been a really pleasant atmosphere about the whole thing.”

A fellow Burneside lad, Anthony Walshaw, also took up the position he occupied back in 1953.

“I was waiting for a life home to Burneside in the Acland’s Land Rover when it was taken," he recalled, adding: "I’ve enjoyed being part of this, although it was a bit tedious standing around waiting. But the sheep were beautifully behaved.”

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4:02pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

Thank you and well done to all concerned. I was there from 8am this morning. The last time it was done I would have been in a pram so I can not remember it.
Thank you and well done to all concerned. I was there from 8am this morning. The last time it was done I would have been in a pram so I can not remember it. Grumpyoldbiker
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10:29am Mon 25 Aug 14

Orangevanman says...

I hope this story and the headline "Police Appeal after sheep theft" are not connected
I hope this story and the headline "Police Appeal after sheep theft" are not connected Orangevanman
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7:38pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

What an event I never knew it was happening if I did I would have been there.

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
What an event I never knew it was happening if I did I would have been there. Guiy de Montfort L'amaur Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
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