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Fair 'adds excitement' to Appleby

The Appleby Horse Fair has started Credit: ITV Border
Matt Taylor speaking with the Royal Oak landlord Kyle Macrae Credit: ITV Border

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"

The Royal Oak, Appleby Credit: ITV Border

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Road delays to Appleby Fair

Caravans and cars were able to enter Fair Hill from 4am, 5th June Credit: PA

'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 presence at fair to ease community concerns

Matt Taylor is reporting from the Appleby Fair Credit: ITV Border

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

Appleby fair has begun today, 5th June Credit: ITV Border

More caravans 'than usual' head to Appleby

People have been queuing since 5.30am Credit: ITV Border

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.

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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.

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