A couple’s wedding plans have been ruined – because they are unable to take their favourite sheep along on their honeymoon.
Farmers Robin Lacy and Anne Goodman, of Airyholme Farm, Hovingham, breed a rare type of sheep known as Leicester Longwools and timed their wedding so they can honeymoon at The Great Yorkshire Show where they had hoped to enter their “delightful and friendly” sheep into competition.
But after booking their honeymoon suite in a hotel in Harrogate, the couple learned they will not be allowed to enter their Leicester Longwools – because show organisers have abolished the category in which they were due to be shown.
Now Robin has written to organisers to complain on the grounds that other Leicester Longwools with a different health status are still being allowed to compete in their own category.
He said: “The off-hand attitude of the show has greatly upset both myself, my future bride, and most of the Leicester Longwool breeders.
“Our wedding is still going ahead as planned in July, and as the hotel was booked before the actions of the show came to light, we are still planning to honeymoon in Harrogate in show week, with or without our Leicester Longwools.
“It would make us both very happy if our honeymoon could be with our own sheep.
Despite the name, the Leicester Longwool is a Yorkshire breed of sheep, which until the 1950s was the most popular sheep in East Yorkshire.
The breed society was founded in Driffield more than 120 years ago.
The couple, who marry at All Saints’ Church, Hovingham, on Saturday July 5, say they may still enter other sheep into the show.
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show say that, in future years, the Leicester Longwool Breed Society will be asked to make a collective decision with its breeders to show under the MV or Non MV health status.