TRAVELLERS hit the motorway in traditional caravans and plush motorhomes as they made their way to the Appleby Hose Fair today.
Traffic is currently at a standstill on the A66 near the festival site as thousands of revelers arrive for the annual event, which kicks off tomorrow.
Thousands of travellers are making their way to the Appleby Hose Fair today[/caption]
The fair attracts around 10,000 travellers every year[/caption]
It is also an opportunity for travellers to socialise and let their hair down[/caption]
The Appleby Horse Fair is about buying and selling horses but it is also an opportunity for travellers to socialise and let their hair down.
The fair, in the Westmorland area of Cumbria, attracts around 10,000 travellers every year.
Signs are currently in place warning drivers to slow down for horse-drawn vehicles being pulled along the route, according to News&Star.
Earlier this week dozens of caravans and cars stopped on the grass verge of the A685 near Appleby-in-Westmorland.
This year the local council has restricted the numbers allowed to park up and attend the fair, and increased police presence in the area.
These steps have been made due to complaints from locals and motorists using the main roads close to the fair site.
Last year’s festival saw 23 arrests, 17 crimes and 115 incidents logged by police.
The earliest record of the fair is in a charter from Henry II, dating from the 12th century, but it is believed to have an even longer tradition than that.
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Sellers race and ride their horses up and down a main road to allow prospective buyers to assess their form and fitness.
The washing of the horses in the river Eden in preparation for their sale is a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.
Recently unearthed black and white photos show how the fair used to be celebrated in the 1960s.
The Appleby Horse Fair is about buying and selling horses[/caption]
Signs are currently in place warning drivers to slow down for horse-drawn vehicles[/caption]
Traffic is currently at a standstill on the A66 near the festival site[/caption]
This year the local council has restricted the numbers allowed to park up and attend the fair[/caption]
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