Travellers begin to descent on East Durham farm ahead of bank holiday horse fair

Travellers start to gather at South Hetton on the site of their Bank Holiday Horse Fair.
Travellers start to gather at South Hetton on the site of their Bank Holiday Horse Fair.
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Dozens of travellers have began to arrive in preparation for this weekend’s bank holiday horse fair.

A field off the A182 South Hetton Road, opposite Plants R Ross, has been filled with caravans as the annual East Durham gathering takes place.

The annual horse fair parade when it visited Horden.

The annual horse fair parade when it visited Horden.

The event will go ahead with the permission of the landowner and is expected to feature a parade of horses on Monday from noon.

Police have said they expect the route to head through South Hetton, and on to Haswell and back, and is likely to take around an hour.

Officers have said they do not believe there is a need for road closures to be put in place and it is hoped there will be no other impact on the community.

A spokesman for Seaham and Easington Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “Historically we know that this fair has taken place without significant incident and no problems are anticipated, however, we recognise that the community may have some concerns and as a result both the police and the council will maintain a uniformed presence in this area for the duration of the event.”

Durham Police

Historically we know that this fair has taken place without significant incident and no problems are anticipated,

Officers will be on the site from 9am and 10pm until Monday and have urged anyone with concerns to call 101 to speak to the team

A mobile police vehicle will also be sited nearby for anyone who would like to drop into should they feel the need to talk about anything in person.

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens will be on duty during the horse air and they can be contacted through the 101 number.

The horse fair has previously been held on plots of land in Seaham, Easington Colliery, Horden and Blackhall.

Travellers start to gather at South Hetton on the site of their Bank Holiday Horse Fair.

Travellers start to gather at South Hetton on the site of their Bank Holiday Horse Fair.

Travellers start to gather at South Hetton on the site of their Bank Holiday Horse Fair.

Travellers start to gather at South Hetton on the site of their Bank Holiday Horse Fair.