Massive clean up begins after Appleby Horse Fair as piles of rubbish are left behind

A MASSIVE clean up has started after piles of rubbish were left behind as thousands of travellers attended the Appleby Horse Fair.

Around 10,000 travellers flocked to Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria last week to buy and sell horses.

Snaps show the aftermath of the Appleby Horse Fair

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Snaps show the aftermath of the Appleby Horse FairCredit: PA
Rubbish was strewn across the fields where the horse fair was held

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Rubbish was strewn across the fields where the horse fair was heldCredit: PA
Litter-pickers scooped up cardboard boxes, plastic bags and packing foam

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Litter-pickers scooped up cardboard boxes, plastic bags and packing foamCredit: PA

They brought along more than 1,000 caravans and 3,000 horse-drawn vehicles.

The travellers tethered their horses to railings outside pubs and shops on the market town’s main street.

Now snaps show rubbish strewn across the fields where the horse fair was held.

A small bulldozer scooped up cardboard boxes, plastic bags and packing foam.

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One clean-up worker told the Mail: “Some of the fields look a state at the moment – but they will be cleaned up in no time.

“It might look a mess, but that’s what you get when you have a gathering of thousands of people.

“I can’t imagine it is different at any music festival. Our aim is to restore the fields to normal as soon as possible.

“In a few days’ time you won’t be able to tell that the fair was ever here.”

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The annual meet-up has only ever been cancelled twice – one in 2001 amid a foot and mouth disease breakout and again in 2020 due to coronavirus.

The fair originated in the 1770s on Gallows Hill where sheep, cattle and horse dealers went to sell their stock.

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It is considered the biggest horse fair in Europe for the travelling community.

Horse riders typically take the animals for a dip in the nearby River Eden.

Appleby Horse Fair

The Appleby Horse Fair in Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, attracts about 10,000 travellers every year to buy and sell horses.

More than 1,000 caravans and 3,000 horse-drawn vehicles house them, while the number of visitors also hits the tens of thousands.

The fair plays host to members of travelling communities.

They flock to the remote town to celebrate the 250-year-old event.

It has only been cancelled twice, in 2001 due to foot-and-mouth disease and in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

The fair originated in the 1770s on Gallows Hill where sheep, cattle and horse dealers went to sell their stock.

By the 1900s it had evolved into an event for travellers.

This year travellers on horseback braved the overcast weather and drizzle to wade through the river.

Others led cobs through the streets pulling traditional caravans as hundreds of people arrived for the first day of the centuries-old fair.

People and horses in the river at the Appleby Horse Fair

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People and horses in the river at the Appleby Horse FairCredit: PA
The centuries-old event is considered the biggest in Europe

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The centuries-old event is considered the biggest in EuropeCredit: PA
Around 10,000 travellers flocked to Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

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Around 10,000 travellers flocked to Appleby-in-Westmorland, CumbriaCredit: LNP