On assignment today on the first day of the Appleby Horse Fair.
The fair is an annual gathering for Gypsy, Romany and travelling communities and has existed under the protection of a charter granted by James II since 1685 and it remains one of the key meeting points for these communities.
Around 10,000 travellers are expected to attend the 4-day long event who traditionally come to buy and sell horses but it also offers an opportunity for the traveller community to come together to celebrate their heritage and culture.
I was on one of the campsites from 6am this morning trying to catch the morning light and below are a selection of pictures from the day…
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