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Oh I say! Barbara Windsor herds sheep in London Bridge carry on

Published 27/09/2015 | 14:15

Barbara Windsor takes part in the annual Great Sheep Drive of London Bridge
Barbara Windsor takes part in the annual Great Sheep Drive of London Bridge

Former EastEnders star Barbara Windsor and a flock of sheep were at the heart of a right old carry on at London Bridge.

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Tourists, motorists and early-risers watched as the actress exercised her right to drive sheep across the bridge, in her role as a Freeman of the City of London.

Windsor, 78, is among a herd of 800 freemen who are taking part in the ancient spectacle to help raise money for charity and throw a spotlight on the British lamb and wool industry.

Organisers hope the annual Great Sheep Drive of London Bridge will raise £40,000 to be split between the Lord Mayor's Appeal and the Worshipful Company of Woolmen.

Groups of freemen are taking it in turns to cross the bridge using two sets of 10 sheep.

Windsor, who was made a freeman in 2010, had previously said: "Everyone jokes about me exercising my right to drive sheep across London Bridge, but I never thought I would actually achieve it.

"As a London tradition, it's a spectacle in its own right. But more important than that is the generosity of those taking part in raising so much money for London's good causes."

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