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Fair Hill

Appleby Horse Fair - a time to buy and sell, and catch up with old friends, as the caravans roll into town.

Documentary 1975 13 mins Silent

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Each June, the quiet market town of Appleby erupts into life as thousands of gypsies and travellers gather for the annual Horse Fair. Horses trot briskly along the 'flashing lane' to catch the eye of buyers; men wash their animals in the river Eden; traders mingle with visitors at Fair Hill, the main campsite field. All this and more is captured in this fascinating film record of a unique event.