BRIGG’S traditional horse fair takes place this Sunday, August 5, with travellers expected to flock to the town to trade steeds in the tradition established for eight centuries.
This year’s Brigg Horse Fair will be the 808th to be held, with the main focus in Station Road.
In the 1990s, the event became a major attraction - with a town centre market attracting thousands and crowds lining the route up Station Road to the site of trading. However, in more recent years that event has not taken place, after losing money and also opposition from residents and North Lincolnshire Council about the amount of anti-social behaviour around the event.
It is of course the event which featured in the folk song ‘Brigg Fair’ by Joseph Taylor and the subsequent rhapsody by Delius.
Brigg may still be the home of Brigg Fair – as detailed on the town’s entry signs – but the 2012 celebration is expected to be low key, but still attracting travellers and their horses to the town’s streets in the days before.