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Billy Welch, a Gypsy and Traveller representative has described Appleby as being "sacred to our people, this is like our Mecca".
He also added that "we only ever feel like we belong in Appleby".
Cumbria Police are warning visitors about fast moving horses at Appleby Fair.
It has been reported that this year's fair is seeing more visitors than originally expected.
Billy Welch, a representative of the Gypsy and travelling community agrees that there are a lot more horse drawn carriages this year.
Billy has attended the fair in previous years.
The Royal Oak in Appleby is preparing for the weekend by opening an outside beer garden.
The landlord, Kyle Macrae, said:
"Although it's an inconvenience it adds excitement to the town"
'Significant' road delays have been caused due to the amount of traffic heading to the Appleby Fair, says police.
"Our aim is to strike the right balance between all the communities. This is not without issues but by working together we can continue the family friendly atmosphere at the Fair.” - Robin Hooper, Chair of the Multi-agency Strategic Co-ordination Group (MASCG)
The fields for Appleby Horse Fair opened this morning, with bow tops and caravans taking up residence for the next few days.
Bow tops were allowed onto Fair Hill from 5pm last night (4th June)
Motorised vehicles were able to enter from 4am this morning when the gates officially opened.
Police report that there has been a significant increase in the number of caravans arriving in the area this year.
Police say they have 200 officers working at the Appleby Fair. They also have help from the Council, fire service and RSPCA. It's hoped the police presence will ease concerns from communities.
"The community had concerns in areas like Kirkby Stephen and the Appleby golf club where there was a build up of people." - Sean Robinson, Police Superintendent
There are more caravans than usual heading to Appleby Fair, according to organisers.
Robin Hooper, Chief Executive of Eden District Council has said that despite the increase in these vehicles, contingency plans have been made to increase the number of access points to improve road safety.
Thousands of people are arriving for Appleby horse fair.
Queue's have developed since 5.30am with Gypsies and Travellers waiting to get onto Fair Hill.
Thousands of travellers are arriving in Appleby for the first day of the annual horse fair.
The event attracts visitors from as far as Eastern Europe - with as many as 40,000 people expected to attend over the next few days.