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DOZENS of travellers from around the UK made their way to Appleby for the annual horse fair.

ジスピーからの訪問者, Roma and Travelling community arrived in Cumbria today for the 250-year-old event.

A little boy sits on a mini shetland pony beside his sister

A little boy sits on a mini shetland pony beside his sisterクレジット: グゼリアン
JR Price drives his horse and trap in the centre of Appleby

JR Price drives his horse and trap in the centre of Applebyクレジット: グゼリアン
Traders gather in Appleby, カンブリア, on the day before the Appleby Horse Fair

Traders gather in Appleby, カンブリア, on the day before the Appleby Horse Fairクレジット: グゼリアン

People were seen riding their horses through the river to cool down during the warm temperatures while others raced their carriages down the streets of the village.

Children played outside and helped their parents to care for the horses, while others hopped on the back of their horses for a spin.

Appleby Horse Fair was cancelled last year because of the pandemic and organisers set a new date for August 12.

The fair was only cancelled one time before and that was in 2011 when there was an outbreak of foot-and-mouth.

On a normal year the fair, which is the biggest traditional Gypsy fair in Europe, attracts around 10,000 ジプシーと 10,000 Travellers along with 10,000 キャラバンと 30,000 訪問者.

Usually held in June, travellers made their way down to Cumbria earlier this year to mark the day it traditionally falls upon.

昨年, despite the fair being cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, travellers and fair-goers turned up in their masses.

A lone traveller trekked 200 miles to Appleby last year just because hewanted to be there”.

He travelled up in a transit van from King’s Lynn, ノーフォーク – approximately a four-hour drivefor what would have been the start of festivities.

A man walks his two horses and his bow-top cart to the festival

A man walks his two horses and his bow-top cart to the festivalクレジット: NNP
A man cools down his horse by taking a ride in the River Eden, カンブリア

A man cools down his horse by taking a ride in the River Eden, カンブリアクレジット: PA

Kenneth, who attended the event for the past 15 年, told some people he made the trip because he needed to pick up some fertiliser.

Every year the horses are taken to be washed in the River Eden before they are trotted up and down theflashing laneon the main days of the festival.

フェアは1770年代に羊がいる絞首台の丘で始まりました, 牛と馬のディーラーは彼らの株を売りに行きました.

By the 1900s it had evolved into an occasion for Gypsies and Travellers.

Today police were called after locals claimed threats were made against them by travellers attending the fair.

Travellers were forced to set up camp at Upper Eden Rugby Club after their previous camp was sprayed with cow manure and was closed off by boulders.

Teeside Live reports that astand-offhappened after travellers blocked one of the roads.

Over the past years, the fair has generated allegations of animal cruelty which prompted the RSPCA to patrol the event.

The charity has said that just a small minority of attendees have ever shown little regard to the welfare of the horses.

Travellers preparing their horses for the festival that starts tomorrow

Travellers preparing their horses for the festival that starts tomorrowクレジット: PA
A family sit on a horse-drawn carriage while making their way through Appleby

A family sit on a horse-drawn carriage while making their way through Applebyクレジット: グゼリアン

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