Appleby Horse Fair 2012

The Gathering of the Clans and Horse Fair

Our normally sleepy little town of Appleby in Westmorland, has a rude awakening once a year.

Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria, England. (Population 2,500 )

The 1st week of June........ Population over 20,000

This makes me smile , so much , even laugh out loud.!!!


WHY DOES THIS MAKE ME LAUGH?

As all my regular readers know I am not a big fan of living in the countryside, where there aren't even any shops. Beautiful it is , yes. No argument there, but I like to hear LIFE going on around me..

Once a year , when many of the locals lock up their homes and ´Get outta Dodge´´

Also a time for many local people when it is the ONLY time they lock their doors........

For me....HEAVEN...... People all over the place , overflowing pubs , long queues in the tiny grocery store. and COLOUR!!!! Boy ! Do the travelers know how to wear colour. I love it.!!

This year there was a terrific down pouring of rain on the day before the fair was setting up. You can imagine the muddy field. Worthy of any rock festival where kids roll in the mud.

It didn't spoil any of the fun though, everyone just wore their wellies.


our little river normally occupied by ducks is a great place to wash the horses.
our little river normally occupied by ducks is a great place to wash the horses.

The travellers come from London and the East coast, from Ireland, from the south of England , just about anywhere.For one week they have races, buy and sell and generally catch up with extended families. It´s also the perfect time for the young ones to look out for boyfriends/girlfriends. It is rather frowned upon to marry outside of the travellers way of life.,

Many people who have always lived in this small town/village of Appleby, are afraid of the ´gypsies´and alas expect trouble, but from what I've seen so far the only trouble is a drunken fight among themselves. None of the travellers really bother the locals. It´s just that there are so many of them. 20.000 is a very moderate estimate.


The river where the horses are taken to be washed.  Normally we have ducks on this river just near the bridge. I wonder where they go during Romany week?
The river where the horses are taken to be washed. Normally we have ducks on this river just near the bridge. I wonder where they go during Romany week?

The week goes all too quickly for me. I just get used to the sound of trotting hooves below my window, and suddenly it is all over....... Till next year. It´s the only place to be during the 1st week of June.

Sadly , not the best picture of a Real Romany caravan,   you must visit next year and see for yourself.
Sadly , not the best picture of a Real Romany caravan, you must visit next year and see for yourself.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I would love to be there to see it. I love horses and I would be in horse heaven during that show. Thanks for the tour and the great pictures...and your humor of course! :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks a lot,billybuc.

you are a great support to me.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Dim. Appleby in Westmorland comes alive the first week in June. As your hub reveals, Dim, you also come alive with the hustle and bustle of the people flowing into your corner of the world. The photos are wonderful. I enjoyed your hub, because of the sun is shining in your heart.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you mckbirdbks,

You are right about me coming álive´ when the village gets busy, well overun really.

I love the expression you used. ´the sun shining in my heart´.

Take care,

Dim


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scarytaff 4 years ago from South Wales

I'm another horse lover, Dim. One day I'd love to visit the fair. Great hub, I'd love to vote up and awesome, but can't find the guides.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi there scarytaff,

Thank you so much for your comment.

I´m a Taffy too you know, and I´m not keen on this format , but for future reference the vote up etc., is directly beneath my last pic of a horse and fence..........


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Dim, What a lovely description of this special horse fair and the excitement it brings to your little town. Sad to hear that your city closes up and all the festivities only come once a year.

The big town near where we live once boasted 20,000 residents when we first came out to the country. Now it's grown to twice that size. Incredible to see the changes.

The countryside around your area is so lovely and your illustrations were perfect. Nice one here.

Peg


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you, PegCole.

It IS beautiful countryside . I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

Take care

Dim


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Great hub from a horse lover!!!


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Glad you enjoyed the read. There are some beautiful horses around.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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