Appleby Horse Fair - Saturday Update
Appleby Horse Fair - First 48 hours
The opening days of Appleby Horse Fair have been met with blue skies and warm temperatures.
The sunny weather brought more people out than on previous Thursdays, making for a busy and lively first day.
The members of the Appleby Horse Fair Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) meet throughout the Fair and are urging anyone attending this year to be prepared for warm weather and to make sure they and their family and friends – particularly young children and older people – stay hydrated.
Yesterday (8 June) at around 12.30pm, a horse and cart collided with a woman in the Flashing Lane. The woman suffered a suspected concussion but has since been released from hospital.
The MASCG would like to advise people to be aware of fast moving horses around Appleby, particularly on the Flashing Lane. Please pay particular attention when crossing roads.
Chairman of the MASCG and Deputy Chief Executive of Eden District Council Matthew Neal said:
“The warm weather helped bring a positive feeling to the opening days of the Fair.
“The efforts of everyone involved in the MASCG in requesting people not to come too early to the Fair was heeded by the vast majority of people. This, combined with the early migration onto Fair Hill has helped ensure a positive beginning.
“I would ask people to stay safe as they walk around the town, to look out for other people and to always be aware, particularly when crossing roads. The priority of us all is making sure that everybody stays safe.
“Finally I am appealing to everyone attending this year’s Fair to please respect the town and the local community. Please use the bins provided or make sure you take rubbish home with you.”
Superintendent Mark Pannone of Cumbria Police said:
“The number one priority for ourselves and our partners every year is the safety of everyone involved in the Fair.
“To that end, I would urge anyone visiting today or in the coming days to make sure you are fully aware of your surroundings whilst walking around Appleby and the surrounding areas. There may be fast-moving horses, particularly at the Flashing Lane, The Sands and Battlebarrow.
“I would also continue to encourage drivers in and around the town and on the A66 to drive carefully and with caution. Please drive slowly and allow extra time for your journey.
“We welcome any and all feedback as we are constantly working to provide the best service possible.”
RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Melloy said:
“We have a number of officers on the ground throughout Appleby Fair for whom animal welfare is the primary consideration.
“I would ask anyone considering visiting the Fair to leave their dogs at home. They have the potential to ‘spook’ horses which could cause serious problems.
“Please don’t bring your dog and then leave it in the car. Cars can heat up very quickly – with potentially tragic consequences.”
Billy Welch, a Gypsy and Traveller representative on MASCG, said:
“It has been a busy first couple of days with lots of families meeting up for the first time in a year and everyone ready to enjoy the weekend.
“The Fair always attracts lots of visitors and I know many of those people will not be used to being around horses. I would ask people – both from Gypsies and Travellers and those from the settled community - to use their common sense and also to look out when crossing roads.
“Appleby Horse Fair is a wonderful event with a rich history which brings enormous economic benefits to the local area. The event has been running for hundreds of years – and will be here for generations more.
“Every year we keep working and it keeps getting better and better.”