As rare as his cat­tle

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

WHAT a pleas­ant sur­prise to see Eric Free­man and his mag­nif­i­cent Glouces­ter cat­tle (right) in COUN­TRY LIFE (Septem­ber 21). I re­mem­ber him dis­tinctly, en­joy­ing his 15 min­utes of fame dur­ing an episode of Two Fat Ladies, when they ad­mired— and even­tu­ally ate—his other rare breed, the Glouces­ter Old Spot pig. I was so in­ter­ested that I de­cided to find out more about this man, who, it turns out, has also rein­tro­duced was­sail­ing in Glouces­ter­shire and re­vived the pre-vic­to­rian tra­di­tion of Har­vest Home on his farm.

It strikes me that this saver and re­viver of rare breeds and farm­ing tra­di­tions is some­thing of a rare breed him­self. Paul Met­calfe, East York­shire

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