Monday, 13 August 2012

Yarm Fair

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.

Travelling in a bow top waggon

 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!

Three pretty girls!

My lass

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

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.

Hector the Protector...on guard!

...Yarm Fair for the clatter of hooves and the rattle of harness!...

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