Posted 25 May 2013 by Andrew Gardner
If you've previously been alarmed at the sight of sheep on a Shoreham roundabout, rest assured, they were fake - and they're back. With a shepherd to keep them in check.
I doubt if Shoreham by Sea makes the news that often - though the recent announcement of a Paris service from its little airport (officially called Brighton Airport) did get some column inches, and I thought what an amazing day trip that could make when you're staying in one of our holiday cottages near the coast. The beach at Shoreham is a surprisingly good place to swim because the water gets to a good depth, but the harbour provides a great base for water sports such as sailing and kayaking and the local fishing boats bring in some good catches that are sold throughout Sussex and further afield - well worth seeking out when you're in self catering accommodation.
Anyway, the fake green sheep caused alarm among motorists who thought they were roaming loose that they were removed from the A283 Steyning roundabout, near the Shoreham flyover. But now they've been reinstated with a fence and their very own shepherd to show that they're under control.
The sheep were installed in November 2011 to promote the South Downs National Park and the new shepherd, made of steel, has been created by local artist Danny McBride.
During the cold snap in early April there was almost a national furore when scarves put on the flock and their shepherd by a concerned local businessman were mysteriously removed, so it seems they're not only under control but thoroughly pampered as well. The same gentleman has previously put Christmas hats on the sheep and told the media he has sunglasses ready for them as well.
Let's hope the worried drivers are now reassured.