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Preparations underway for Wickham Horse Fair

Preparations are underway for one of Hampshire's oldest rural events - The Wickham Horse Fair.

It takes place tomorrow and attracts travellers from all over the country.

It dates back to the 13th Century and provides an opportunity for fair-goers to parade their stock and meet up with friends and family.

But most businesses in the village will be losing money as they'll be closed for the duration of the fair.

As Richard Jones reports.

Richard spoke to Optometrist Linda Bone, Supt Alison Heydari from Hampshire Police and Funfair Operator John Searle.

Hundreds attend the Wickham Horse Fair

Hundreds of people flocked into a small Hampshire town today for one of the county's most historic events.

The annual Wickham Horse Fair dates back to the 13th century and attracts travellers from miles around.

Kerry Swain went along to meet some of the colourful characters there.


Thousands descend on Hampshire town for historic horse fair

Parade of shire horses in the Square Credit: ITV news

The annual Wickham horse fair takes place in Hampshire today. The historic event includes a funfair and parade of horses in the Square. Around 2,000 travellers are expected to attend, with drivers being warned to expect heavy traffic in the area.

It's the biggest and oldest horse fair in the country, with its origin traced back over hundreds of years.

Last year's event was marred by violent scenes but the Police, Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council, Wickham Parish Council and other agencies are working together to ensure that the fair is enjoyable and takes place with minimum disruption.