Travelers arrive for Appleby horse fair, although it has been postponed due to Covid

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Visitors ignored official advice when they arrived for Appleby’s horse market, despite the famous Cumbria village market being postponed until later this year.

After being canceled for the second time in its 250-year history last year, the fair has been postponed from its usual date of the first weekend of June to August this year amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In April, the Appleby Horse Fair Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) reconvened and discussed plans for this year’s fair, the News and Star reported.

It was agreed that it would continue from August 12, provided there were no changes to government regulations and recommendations around large outdoor gatherings and events.

Visitors ignored official advice when they arrived for Appleby's horse market, despite the famous Cumbria village market being postponed until later this year.  In the photo: two men with their horses were in the river on Saturday

Visitors ignored official advice when they arrived for Appleby’s horse market, despite the famous Cumbria village market being postponed until later this year. In the photo: two men with their horses were in the river on Saturday

The town in Cumbria basked in glorious sunshine as a man held his horse by the reins as it approached a wooden fence and onlookers sat on the grassy edge beside the river

The town in Cumbria basked in glorious sunshine as a man held his horse by the reins as it approached a wooden fence and onlookers sat on the grassy edge beside the river

The town in Cumbria basked in glorious sunshine as a man held his horse by the reins as it approached a wooden fence and onlookers sat on the grassy edge beside the river

Travelers were seen riding through town on Saturday, with their horses and carts (pictured) as locals watched from the street side

Travelers were seen riding through town on Saturday, with their horses and carts (pictured) as locals watched from the street side

Travelers were seen riding through town on Saturday, with their horses and carts (pictured) as locals watched from the street side

Others took their horses into the River Eden, as they traditionally washed their mounts in the River Eden before leading them to the show field

Others took their horses into the River Eden, as they traditionally washed their mounts in the River Eden before leading them to the show field

Others took their horses into the River Eden, as they traditionally washed their mounts in the River Eden before leading them to the show field

Travelers were seen riding through the city on Saturday, with their horses and carts as locals watched from the street.

Others took their horses into the River Eden, while other visitors sat on the banks of the river in the 66F sunshine and watched the horses run around the water.

Billy Welch, a representative for the MASCG, confirmed earlier this week that members of his community were doing everything they could to keep the scholarship safe, with everyone eligible receiving the vaccine, the publication reported.

Les Clark, chairman of Appleby Horse Fair MASCG and deputy director of Eden District Council, said it would be preferable for a new date to be set as otherwise there would be “a greater chance of ad hoc meetings”.

The August date has been chosen to roll out the vaccination program for additional weeks from the government’s original June 21 roadmap date, said Mr Clark, who is currently under threat from new variants of the virus spreading in the country.

Last year, police and gypsy leaders urged people not to travel, but to the anger of locals, about 100 arrived with their horses in the city of Cumbria on the first weekend in June.

Two police officers stood on the bank of the river while families sat on the grass watching the horses being washed in the water

Two police officers stood on the bank of the river while families sat on the grass watching the horses being washed in the water

Two police officers stood on the bank of the river while families sat on the grass watching the horses being washed in the water

Travelers were seen riding through the city on Saturday, with their horses and carts, while locals watched from the street

Travelers were seen riding through the city on Saturday, with their horses and carts, while locals watched from the street

Travelers were seen riding through the city on Saturday, with their horses and carts, while locals watched from the street

One man was seen washing his horse in the River Eden, while another sat on the horse's bare back on Saturday as he rode it into the water on Saturday.

One man was seen washing his horse in the River Eden, while another sat on the horse's bare back on Saturday as he rode it into the water on Saturday.

One man was seen washing his horse in the River Eden, while another sat on the horse’s bare back on Saturday as he rode it into the water on Saturday.

Visitors ignored the official advice when they arrived for the Appleby Horse Fair.  In the photo: a man on a horse is coming to the fair on Saturday

Visitors ignored the official advice when they arrived for the Appleby Horse Fair.  In the photo: a man on a horse is coming to the fair on Saturday

Visitors ignored official advice when they arrived for the Appleby horse show. In the photo: a man on a horse is coming to the fair on Saturday

A local said: ‘Everyone knew this was going to happen, they couldn’t stay away and they could arrive here without being checked.

“In the week leading up to the fair, there were gypsy caravans around the city that would disappear and then reappear elsewhere.

“We have an elderly population in this area and people in the city are cautious about the coronavirus. We hoped the gypsy community would respect that, but it’s no surprise to see them here.

“The police did nothing to stop them and took no action as they rode their horses up and down the street.”

Before the fair began, Mr. Welch, known as the Shera Rom or Head Gypsy, warned families to stay away. He said, ‘The fair is off and I’m not coming to open the gates.

A family with two young children rode a horse-drawn carriage through town on Saturday as they arrived for the funfair, which has been postponed to August due to the Covid-19 pandemic

A family with two young children rode a horse-drawn carriage through town on Saturday as they arrived for the funfair, which has been postponed to August due to the Covid-19 pandemic

A family with two young children rode a horse-drawn carriage through town on Saturday as they arrived for the funfair, which has been postponed to August due to the Covid-19 pandemic

After being canceled for the second time in its 250-year history last year, the fair has been postponed from its usual date of the first weekend in June to August 12 this year, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

After being canceled for the second time in its 250-year history last year, the fair has been postponed from its usual date of the first weekend in June to August 12 this year, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

After being canceled for the second time in its 250-year history last year, the fair has been postponed from its usual date of the first weekend in June to August 12 this year, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Les Clark, chairman of Appleby Horse Fair MASCG and deputy director of Eden District Council, said it would be preferable for a new date to be set as otherwise there would be “a greater chance of ad hoc meetings” (Photo: Two Horses walk through the city)

“We have spread the word in our community and I hope people don’t show up. The current situation with Covid-19 is bad and I wouldn’t want any of my family to be endangered or the established community to be endangered. In the weeks there you see people passing through the country. This is what we do, it’s our heritage.’

The event would normally bring 10,000 Gypsies in about 1,000 caravans and a total of 30,000 visitors to watch the show and trade of horses.

Traditionally, travelers wash their mounts in the River Eden before taking them to the show field.

The event would normally bring 10,000 Gypsies in about 1,000 caravans and a total of 30,000 visitors to watch the show and trade of horses

The event would normally bring 10,000 Gypsies in about 1,000 caravans and a total of 30,000 visitors to watch the show and trade of horses

The event would normally bring 10,000 Gypsies in about 1,000 caravans and a total of 30,000 visitors to watch the show and trade of horses

Billy Welch, a representative of the MASCG, confirmed earlier this week that members of his community were doing everything they could to stay ahead of the scholarship, with everyone eligible receiving the vaccine, the publication reported (Photo: A family and a horse stable at a bus stop at a zebra crossing)

Billy Welch, a representative of the MASCG, confirmed earlier this week that members of his community were doing everything they could to stay ahead of the scholarship, with everyone eligible receiving the vaccine, the publication reported (Photo: A family and a horse stable at a bus stop at a zebra crossing)

Billy Welch, a representative of the MASCG, confirmed earlier this week that members of his community were doing everything they could to stay ahead of the scholarship, with everyone eligible receiving the vaccine, the publication reported (Photo: A family and a horse stable at a bus stop at a zebra crossing)

The August date has been chosen to roll out the vaccination program for additional weeks from the government's original June 21 roadmap date, said Mr Clark, who is currently at risk due to new variants of the virus spreading in the country.

The August date has been chosen to roll out the vaccination program for additional weeks from the government's original June 21 roadmap date, said Mr Clark, who is currently at risk due to new variants of the virus spreading in the country.

The August date has been chosen to roll out the vaccination program for additional weeks from the government’s original June 21 roadmap date, said Mr Clark, who is currently at risk due to new variants of the virus spreading in the country.

A woman and a boy arrive on a cart with a black and white horse pulling them as they arrived for the Appleby Horse Fair on Saturday

A woman and a boy arrive on a cart with a black and white horse pulling them as they arrived for the Appleby Horse Fair on Saturday

A woman and a boy arrive on a cart with a black and white horse pulling them as they arrived for the Appleby Horse Fair on Saturday

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