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RSPCA ask owners not to bring dogs to Appleby Fair

People are being urged not to take their dogs to Appleby Horse Fair. Credit: PA

People are being urged not to take their dogs to Appleby Horse Fair.

The RSPCA says it is not the place for them as they don't mix well with horses and in previous years dogs have had to be rescued from hot cars.

They are also reminding people that it is illegal to buy and sell animals at the fair.

Keeping the Appleby Fair 'trouble free'

With just two days to go until the biggest gypsy gathering of the year - travellers from all over Europe have been arriving in Appleby.

Nearly thirty thousand people are expected to attend this year's horse fair - an event that often makes the headlines for the wrong reasons as well as the right ones.

Pam Royle spoke to the Chief Executive of Eden District Council, Robin Hooper, who's been involved in the preparations this year.


Police work with communities ahead of Horse Fair


Working with communities throughout the year for the annual Appleby Horse Fair

Cumbria Police say they've been working through the year with communities, ahead of the Appleby Horse Fair.

Community group meetings are held for Cumbria Police to address the people's concerns and find resolution ahead of the fair.

However, it was felt like there had been few transit sites provided on the A66 in Upper Eden.

The full report can be found here.

Services set for Appleby Fair

Eden District Council is preparing for the start of Appleby Horse Fair, which runs from the 5th - 11th June. The Cumbrian town, which has a population of 2500 people, will reportedly see over 20,000 attend the gathering.

  • On street drinking will be allowed to take place on The Sands area of Appleby from 12.00 - 6pm until the road closure is reopened. Certain pubs will also have outside drinking areas, which can be identified by outdoor barriers.
  • Establishments will serve alcohol between 12pm to 11pm
  • Off Licences will serve alcohol until 10pm
  • Restaurants and takeaways will close at 11pm.
  • Street cleaning teams will work to keep the town tidy from 6am - 7pm Monday - Thursday.
  • 39 extra bins will be provided at the Fair. People are encouraged to dispose of their litter sensibly.

"A great deal of preparation has gone into the planning of this year’s Fair to help people enjoy the event safely. This work includes pubs and off licenses signing up to the Voluntary Appleby Licensing Charter and having the street cleansing operation in place throughout the Fair, so that impact of this event on the local community is minimized as much as possible.”

– Robin Hooper, Eden District Council’s Chief Executive

Stopping points planned for Appleby Fair

Temporary stopping points have been organised along routes to the Appleby Fair.

South Lakeland District Council will also be patrolling areas to check for litter and to ensure that motorised caravans are not parking anywhere other than the temporary stopping points.

Bowtops are allowed to camp on the roadside. The stopping points are available from Tuesday 27 May, to Thursday 5 June, and following the fair from Monday, 9 June to Friday, 13 June, at the following locations:

  • Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Middleton Common, near Sedbergh
  • Rawthey Bridge, Cautley, near Sedbergh
  • Scrogg Bank, Sedbergh

“Through our arrangements leading up to and during the fair we want to ensure the movement of Gypsies and Travellers through the district is safe and enjoyable for everyone and to reduce the impact on the environment.

The drop-in meetings that start this month are an opportunity for residents in South Lakeland communities to speak to SLDC officers regarding any concerns, issues or ideas relating to the horse fair arrangements.’’

– SLDC Principal Street Scene Officer, Neil Meakins

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Police offer road advice ahead of Appleby Fair

Police are offering advice to motorists using the A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Brough in the run up to the Appleby Fair.

They are advising those from the Gypsy and Traveller community to avoid setting up in the area near the A685. It's hoped this will reduce the chance of the road becoming overcrowded and increasing the chance of an accident.

“We ask that both motorists and members of the Gypsy & Traveller community take responsibility on that particular stretch of road. We are concerned that the number of caravans and tethered horses lined up along the road may become unmanageable and ask those that are travelling to the fair seek alternative encampments. To ensure the event is safe and enjoyable, a number of roadside restrictions are implemented by the County Highways team. It is vital that those travelling to the fair realise the field does not open until 4am on Thursday 5th June."

– Sergeant John Chambers, Cumbria Police

Further details regarding provisions and restrictions can be found here.


Motorists warned ahead of Appleby Fair

The fair starts 5th June Credit: PA

Motorists and travellers are being encouraged to take care on their way to Appleby for this year's horse fair.

The A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Brough has already become congested ahead of the fair which starts on the 5th of June. Police are encouraging motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes to avoid any serious road collisions.

Man flown from Appleby with serious injuries

A man with serious injuries was flown to hospital from Cumbria yesterday (Saturday 10 May).

The Great North Air Ambulance was dispatched at around 4pm after the man, believed to be in his 50s, injured his head in Appleby.

He was flown to the major trauma centre at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Motorists and travellers urged to take care on Appleby roads

There are just four weeks to go until the biggest gypsy gathering of the year. Already, travellers are starting to make their way to our region for the Appleby Horse Fair.

The annual event brings hundreds of horse drawn caravans and other slow moving vehicles to the area.

Cumbria Police say that there's a big risk of an accident if motorists and travellers don't take extra care.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Take care at Appleby Fair

Cumbria Police are launching their road safety campaign ahead of the Appleby Horse Fair.

The annual event brings hundreds of horse drawn caravans and other slow moving vehicles to the area.

Police in Appleby say there's a big risk of an accident if motorists don't take extra care.

The last fatal crash, that involved a caravan being pulled by a horse, happened on the A66 eight years ago.

Matt Kennerley, chief inspector of Cumbria Police, said everyone should be aware on the road:

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