The Countess of Wessex tried her hand at selling lambs at auction during a visit to Cumbria on Tuesday. And while it might have been beginner’s luck, Sophie managed to double the price of some of the sheep that she helped sell. It was all part of a busy day in Cumbria which saw The Countess make three stops as she toured the north of the county.
First on Sophie’s agenda was a visit to Wigton where, after an official welcome, she made her way to Hopes Auction Mart in the town where she was invited to sell some of the spring lambs up for auction. Despite asking for patience as it was her first time on the auctioneers’ podium, The Countess soon had the price climbing sky high – the lambs she sold were expected to go for £100 each but in the end they went for £230 each.
The Countess also spent some time meeting farmers and butchers during her visit and unveiled a plaque marking the occasion – she didn’t take the opportunity to challenge her father in law’s recent claim that he is ‘the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler’! And Sophie left with a traditional regional gift having been presented with a horn walking stick from the area.
Part two of The Countess’s Cumbrian day took her to Threlkeld where she toured the refurbished village hall and met some of those who had helped raise the funds to bring the hall up to date. The building now has a coffee shop which is run by the local community with the proceeds going back into the local area. Sophie also enjoyed a display of circle dancing on this stop of her whistlestop tour.
The final part of the day was spent in Carlisle where she visited the factory of luxury goods company Chapman Bags. The Countess of Wessex was met by managers of the firm before spending time on the factory floor.
Later Sophie visited Eden Valley Hospice where she met some of the people receiving care there as well as staff and volunteers. The Countess also popped into the children’s hospice there, called Jigsaw, as her day in Cumbria came to an end.
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