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Appleby Horse Fair

June 8, 2012

It is that time of the year when the Gypsies and travellers of Britain – and further afield – foregather at the Appleby Horse Fair, in Westmorland.

A Vardo arrives in Appleby

Yesterday, we walked into the town to see the arrivals, the colourful vardos, the racing carriages, horses being washed in the River Eden ready for sale.

The fair doesn’t open officially until today, but yesterday the town was already very busy, full of colour and excitement.

A little piece of old England, still not repressed by our dull and boring political Establishment.

We return to the fair today, so hope to get more pictures.

The fair is on until sunday, but come very early if you want to be able to park.

Appleby Horse Fair – Pobbleskey Welgorus if you want it in Romany.

 

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Scribestpatrick permalink
    June 8, 2012 9:01 am

    I enjoyed reading this piece, John, – more………………….like that?

  2. June 11, 2012 12:04 am

    Hi John, it says on the website it runs until the 13th (Wed)? I’m thinking of maybe visiting Tue on the train – do you know if it’s still public entry then?

  3. June 11, 2012 7:14 am

    i had a feeling that it was very much over after the weekend, certainly the pamphlet seems to suggest that. Perhaps that was last years on the web as there seems to be lot of 2011 stuff there.

  4. June 11, 2012 7:16 am

    Mind you it does say 13th on the website for this year, so I imagine something must still be going on.

  5. June 11, 2012 2:17 pm

    Sad to report that it does all seem to be over. Went through Appleby this morning and they all seemed to be packing up nd going home.

  6. June 11, 2012 11:04 pm

    :-( That’s sad – I’d just arranged to go up there on the train tomorrow. Glad I got your update – it would have been awful to go all that way and find it had all packed up!
    Thanks John

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