Seamer hosts historical fair

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A CENTURY-long tradition will once again be played out in Seamer today.

The Seamer Fair, which dates back to the 14 century, will take part in the village.

Each year people gather to watch the ancient Seamer charter being read on horseback, before the old tradition of throwing coins for the children.

The reading of the Royal Charter is the customary start to the Seamer Fair, which is said to date back to 1383 when Richard II granted the charter, allowing the village to hold a six ay annual fair and a Monday Market.

However the tradition died out, until 200 years later when the fair and market were brought back to life by Sir Henry Gate, who was Lord of the Manor of Seamer .

Scarborough’s burgesses allowed the fair as it did not compete with their own, however they banned the market in 1612 as it drew attention away from their own markets.

Alongside the Seamer Fair is the Seamer Horse Fair, which is considered a separate entity.

This year scores of caravans have been on the council-owned land, to the north of the B1261 between Seamer and Crossgates, since Wednesday last week.

Andy Skelton, Scarborough Council’s head of Environmental Services said: “Since opening the site on 6 July we have had a steady stream of travellers arriving and we now have just over 200 caravans on the site.

“The site has coped well with both the number of visitors and the atrocious weather conditions experienced last weekend, and we were pleased that very few problems arose and the site remained accessible during and after the deluge.

“All of the travellers on the site have paid the site fee and this will help to offset some of the costs involved in managing the event.

“We continue to work very closely with North Yorkshire Police and have had very few problems on the site.”

Acting Superintendent Dave Foster, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Commander, said: “The policing operation for Seamer Horse Fair has gone as well as can be expected, with just a few minor issues which were quickly resolved.

“We have provided a highly visible and reassuring presence throughout, and this will be maintained until the conclusion of the event on Friday.

“I thank local residents for their patience as the policing team have gone about their duty to keep disruption to a minimum.”

The reading of the charter at the Seamer Fair today will mark the end of the Seamer Horse Fair.