But if the gypsies stopped coming to Appleby, it would lose a huge part of its annual revenue. For some businesses their income over ‘Fair Week’ (as it’s known locally) is all that keeps them going. And the horse fair is Appleby’s main claim to fame for the tourist trade. Quite a dilemma.
If you want a flavour of the Fair in its sunniest mood - Neil shot this little video on the instant camera - the musician is Catherine Ashcroft.