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An historic stage for an historic play

The owners of Appleby Castle are hoping it will receive a tourism boost after staging three open air performances of Shakespeare plays.

Macbeth is being staged twice today, Friday 8th August. The actors are members of the GB Theatre Company and include Joyce Branagh, the sister of Kenneth Branagh.

The Comedy of Errors was performed last night, August 7th.

Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in 1623 Credit: ITV Border
The play is considered by many as one of his darkest Credit: ITV Border
The GB Theatre Company perform classic plays around the UK and overseas Credit: ITV Border

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors at Appleby Castle

Shakespeare's great plays will be shown in an open air theatre production against the historic 12th century backdrop of Appleby Castle.

The Comedy of Errors is being shown tonight, Thursday 7 August, and tomorrow night a cast, including former Royal Shakespeare Company actors, will perform Macbeth.

It's a two day event that hopes to bring more people to the castle and the local area.

Clean-up begins at Europe's biggest horse fair

The clean-up is underway today in Appleby as Europe's biggest traveller and horse fair draws to a close.

Around 40,000 people are thought to have been at the event - the highest number the fair has seen in recent years.

The gathering attracts people from all over the country and beyond. This year's fair has been hailed a success by police and organisers - who say despite the high numbers, there has been relatively little trouble.

Tim Backshall reports.


Dogs rescued from hot cars in Appleby Fair

Four collie-type dogs were rescued from a pick-up truck during the Appleby Fair. Despite having high temperatures, the dogs recovered and a man was cautioned.

Another dog was removed from a car on Sunday and was too hot. However, it recovered quickly and a woman was interviewed and cautioned.

“It’s so frustrating to keep repeating the same message over and over and to keep dealing with incidents that we’ve warned against. Very fortunately all of the dogs were okay.

Never leave your dog in a vehicle, or anywhere else that can get hot, on a warm day.”

– Rob Melloy, RSPCA chief inspector

Read: RSPCA asks owners not to bring dogs to Appleby Fair

The RSPCA also dealt with a horse that had been over-ridden to the point of exhaustion, a donkey suffering with a skin condition, an injured kitten and a collapsed horse that failed to recover.

The RSPCA dealt with 147 incidents this year and issued three warnings compared to 142 incidents and 10 warnings last year.

Read:The Dogs Trust are warning everyone to avoid leaving their dogs in cars.

Appleby Fair went 'very well'

Appleby Fair has ended. Despite more visitors than was originally predicted, police have said the fair went well.

Police have thanked people living in Appleby for their tolerance during the fair.

“The number of Travellers passing through the district has been up on recent years, with a maximum of 131 caravans in South Lakeland at any one time this year.

Despite the highest number of Travellers for a number of years, it has gone very well. Aside from one or two minor issues there have been very few problems."

– John Barwise, SLDC’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

“The excellent work by all the agencies as made this fair a success for many. I have never received so many good comments and praise of the whole organisation of the fair. Their work helps with the friendly atmosphere and results in people having an enjoyable time.”

– Billy Welch, representative of the Gypsy and Traveller community
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