Horse Fair lives on in town

Some of the visitors to Brigg Horse Fair EMN-150408-090404001
Some of the visitors to Brigg Horse Fair EMN-150408-090404001

Since 1235 Brigg Horse Fair is thought to have taken place in the town, but sadly these days the holding of the fair every August 5 attracts praise and criticism in equal measure.

Opinions vary in the town on whether the date remains one to celebrate or to forget.

Organised by the travelling community it is said to be the second biggest horse fair in the country behind Appleby.

Spot deals are shaken on in Station Road and horses are ridden away by the new owners. The travelling community will bring their stalls as well as their horses and set up their wares to attract business.

Trotting horses through town may startle those without a wary eye and strange things have happened, like the year when a horse reportedly popped into the Woolpack Inn for a drink.

When all is said and done - and today’s fair is well worth a visit - Brigg Horse Fair cannot be dismissed as irrelevant.

After all, Delius used the Brigg Fair folk song as the basis of his rhapsody, which has made the town known the world over.