‘How much would you like off, Miss Darcy?’

Meet the alpacas before their haircut at Ribbon Circus wool shop, Hebden Bridge'Pictured with them are Rufus Stott-Leach, six, Esmie Stott-Leach, nine, Katie Hepplewhite, nine and Shaun Daniel from County Alpacas
Meet the alpacas before their haircut at Ribbon Circus wool shop, Hebden Bridge'Pictured with them are Rufus Stott-Leach, six, Esmie Stott-Leach, nine, Katie Hepplewhite, nine and Shaun Daniel from County Alpacas

A TRIO of alpacas made some friends for life at a meet and greet session.

Treacle, Miss Darcy and Maddie from County Alpacas in Bailey Wood, Sowerby Bridge, met with customers from Ribbon Circus, Hebden Bridge, ahead of getting their hair cut next month.

The animals met with young customers including six year-old Rufus Stott-Leach, nine year-old Esmie Stott-Leach and nine year-old Katie Hepplewhite.

It was not the first time they have met customers at the shop.

Owner Amy Leader said: “It was such a great day. It gives people a chance to get up close and personal and touch them while learning a little bit about them.

“Shaun and Julie not only know their alpacas but they know so much about alpacas generally. It’s quite a special type of yarn because it is hollow it’s very light and very warm.”

It is also suitable for people with allergies.

The alpacas will be sheared on June 9.

Amy said: “They’re a South American animal but they’re really important to Yorkshire.”

Shaun Daniel, who runs County Alpaca’s with wife Julie said after their shearing the wool will be sorted, then graded before being taken to a spinning mill. They will then work with the spinners to decide what the yarn will be made into. It will then be sold under their brand name County Alpacas.

The couple have run the business for six years and launched the Yorkshire Alpaca Association which is affiliated to the British Alpacas Society.