Monday, 13 August 2012
Yarm Horse Fair
Yarm is a small town near Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England.
The fair is held in the High Street in the third week of October, starting on the Tuesday evening and lasts until Saturday night.
Yarm Fair is one of our last glorious Street, Gypsy and Pleasure Fairs to be held in the North East and the fair was established way back in 1214 originally trading in cheese and livestock. In the early 1900's over 500 tons of cheese would arrive into Yarm, in more than 400 horse drawn carts. Today you can still buy many different cheeses, from little exclusive shops rather from the open air traders, nibbling as you wend you way around the fair!
Keep them safe!
Yarm Fair is held annually in the second week of October, seeing some of the best local horses and the first Autumnal frosts. The pleasure fair sets up at one end of the High Street and the supporters of the traditional horse fair at the bridge end of the High Street.
With my polecats
With my polecats
Today Gypsies, Travellers and Supporters who attend the fair with waggons, can only cross over the bridge into Yarm High Street at 6pm on the Tuesday, with the fast running of the horses up and down the High Street on Saturday morning.
In a traditional living waggon
Waiting to pull out
Young boy with his lurcher
Yarm Fair is a little gem, and deserves support from both the Settled and Gypsy Community to keep the fair alive, allowing future generations a glimpse into one part of the traditional heritage of our North East.
Monday, 9 April 2012
One of the best traditional dancing sides in the North East of England, seen here at Saltburn Folk Festival 2011.The dancers are in the Welsh Border style, blacking up their faces traditionally as a disguise.
Dancing in clogs and clashing their sticks, they always draw a big crowd...although everyone stands well back!