SHEEP have been the talk of Ossett for the past few weeks – and we can now reveal what everyone’s been bleating on about.
The town has just secured £9,950 of funding from the Arts Council England.
And it will fund a programme of arts events, involving schools and community groups, all celebrating the animal that was once crucial to the town’s prosperity – sheep.
An image of a sheep can be seen on Ossett’s traditional crest, to symbolise the importance of wool to the town’s mungo industry in the 19th century.
Children will be invited to take part in a series of workshops throughout May and June, and their work will be showcased at a celebratory parade on the shopping precinct on June 30.
Jacqui Wicks, whose grandfather was an editor of the Ossett Observer, won the funding for her new arts organisation which she has named after the now defunct newspaper.
She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity – the support from the Arts Council has endorsed our planning and aspirations for a more creative town. This is the beginning of something very exciting for Ossett.
“Within a few short months Ossett Observer has become a collective of artists, arts workers, residents and local business people, committed to the notion that engagement with the arts can change the landscape of the local economy and the quality of life for residents and visitors.”
Arts companies Faceless, Telling Tales and Yew Tree Theatre will also bring their work to Ossett for the project.
A full schedule of events will be announced next month.