Year of the Rooster

Thousands of visitors came to Chinatown in Newcastle Upon Tyne to watch and take part in the Chinese New Year celebrations to mark The Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year is China’s most important traditional festival and brings families and communities together for a week long public holiday.

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TECH STUFF: All pictures in this set were taken on a pair of Leica M9 cameras fitted with 50mm f2 Summicron and 35mm F2 Summicron lenses. The 50mm lens was fitted with a 3-stop ND filter to allow for pictures to be taken at the f2 aperture in the bright sunshine. All pictures were subsequently edited with minor adjustments made in Lightroom and in line with standard editorial editing guidelines. No picture has been doctored or altered in any way.

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Sankta Lucia 2016

Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm played the role of Lucia last night as she led the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster.

The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions and celebrates Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century and celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter.

This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers from the Jarfalla chamber choir and Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist.

The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Youngsters from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Youngsters from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Members of the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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Rosedale Show – 2016

The annual Rosedale show took place yesterday. Founded in 1871 the annual Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Society show remains one of the most popular shows in the calendar…

 

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Hinderwell Show – 2016

The Hinderwell show in north-east Yorkshire has been held since 1868 providing family entertainment and fun with opportunities for people to show their skills and animals.

This year was the 147th show…here’s a few pictures from the day:

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The 132nd Durham Miners Gala

More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year for the 132nd gala. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The gala sees traditional colliery bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners and pass the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then heading to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and political speeches. Beginning in 1871 the gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people continue to attend each year.

Here’s a few from today…

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Appleby Horse Fair – 2016

The Appleby Horse Fair is held each year in early June when around 10,000 – 15,000 English and Welsh gypsies, Scottish and Irish travellers gather to buy and sell horses, meet with friends and relations, and celebrate their culture.

These different groups share a similar lifestyle and culture, and many gypsies and travellers regard Appleby Fair as the most important date in the calendar and it remains one of the largest of their gatherings. An estimated 25-30,000 non-Gypsy people also visit the fair during the week.

The fair is held outside the town of Appleby where the Roman Road crosses Long Marton Road, not far from Gallows Hill, named after the public hangings that were once carried out there. In the mid-20th century the story developed that the fair originated with a royal charter to the borough of Appleby from King James II of England in 1685. However, recent research has shown that the 1685 charter, which was cancelled before it was enrolled, is of no relevance. Appleby’s medieval borough fair, held at Whitsuntide, ceased in 1885.

The ‘New Fair’, held in early June on Gallows Hill, which was then unenclosed land outside the borough boundary, began in 1775 for sheep and cattle drovers and horse dealers to sell their stock. By the 20th Century it had evolved into a major gypsy and traveller occasion. No one bestowed the New Fair, no-one ever owned it and no-one was ever charged to attend it. It was and remains, a true people’s fair

The fair has no organised or scheduled events. The main activities take place on Fair Hill, the main Gypsy campsite field, with some catering and trade stands and more recently on the Market Field or Jimmy Winter’s Field, which was opened up by a local farmer several years ago, and is now the main stall trading and catering area. There are half a dozen licensed campsites nearby. Most horse trading takes place at the crossroads, known to the local authority as Salt Tip Corner and on Long Marton Road, known to the gyspies and travellers as the flashing lane where horses are shown off or ‘flashed’ by trotting up and down the lane at speed.

Many of the horses are also taken down to the Sands, near Appleby town centre and beside the River Eden, where they are ridden into the river to be washed. There is no auction at the fair with arrangements for any sales made between buyer and seller for cash. When the deal is done, the seller will hand back a small part of the price to the buyer for ‘Luck Money’.

The story behind luck money is that if the horse goes wrong, or hurts the new owner, then the luck money will ensure that you cannot curse the seller and a failure to give this money can be seen as grossly insulting.

 

The horse fair has generated some controversy over the years with complaints of mess and rubbish being left in the town and on the camp sites, crime and animal cruelty.

In 2014 there were 28 arrests at the fair, the lowest for several years, for among other things, drug use, drunkenness, and obstruction which senior police confirmed was not disproportionate to other large scale public events.

As regards rubbish and clean-up costs, although the trade stands leave a few tons of waste, the market field and Fair Hill are cleaned of litter the day after the fair, at no cost to the ratepayers, and within a week there is little trace that a fair has been held.

As regards animal cruelty, the RSPCA patrols the fair scrupulously, and although in 2009 Animal Aid called for the fair to be banned the instances of cruelty are few, and they are prosecuted where they do occur. Warnings and advice are given in borderline cases, and the great majority of horses at the fair are well looked after, well treated, and in good condition.

What is clear is that the fair is continuing a proud heritage and tradition among the travelling community and one that brings in much needed income to the town and it remains a colourful and exciting experience for all who attend.

Below are a selection of pictures from the first day of this year’s fair…

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The Fleet

The inshore fishing fleet at Redcar originated in the early 14th Century with crab, lobster and fishing bringing in much needed income to local fishermen. However as the fishing industry has steadily declined over recent years so to the fleet has reduced in size so that today only a small number of boats put to sea from the town.

What remains of the fishing fleet at Redcar can be found parked either on the seafront promenade or at an area known as ‘Fisherman’s Square’ located a little distance into the town. From both sites the boats that put out to fish or check the pots are towed to the waters edge on trailers pulled by tractors.

Many of the boats that no longer go out are left and are in a state of disrepair but those that remain seaworthy continue to eke out a living despite the issues that are affecting the whole fishing industry such as fishing quotas, running costs and over-fishing and as long as they can do this they help to keep alive the fishing heritage on this part of the north east coast. At least for now.

 

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