Travellers arrive ahead of Seamer Horse Fair tomorrow

Travellers are arriving in Seamer ahead of this weekend's horse fair.

The annual event will be held in the same field as last year, off the B1261 between Seamer and Crossgates.

J.R Price with Jennifer the horse exercising on the Seamer field. 183665d

J.R Price with Jennifer the horse exercising on the Seamer field. 183665d

For some travellers, this meet up is always an impressive horse fair to add to the travelling calendar.

Traveller, Danny Smith, said: "I remember coming here since I was 11. [Me and my brother David] remember coming when it was in the village when everyone came here."

Numbers in a once well established and thriving meet-up are now dwindling down each year.

Last year, it was reported that some travellers left the site early as they felt as if they had been not been made to feel welcome.

Melissa Barras, Jimmy Barras and Wayne Varey with Bella the horse. 183665d

Melissa Barras, Jimmy Barras and Wayne Varey with Bella the horse. 183665d

However, the events of last year have not stopped families attending.

Garath Coates, owner of the caravan is featured above, says he has his living wagon for six year and attends most horse fairs including Seamer and Appleby.

The origin of the fair dates back to the Royal Charter issued in November 1382 by Richard II.

It was not until the 1900s that the fair then became associated with travellers.

Jimmy Barras and Wayne Varey with Bella the horse. 183665d

Jimmy Barras and Wayne Varey with Bella the horse. 183665d

After a pitch battle in 1911 travellers were forbidden to enter the village or camp on the green.

Seamer horse fair is a "tradition" in some of the travelling families as it provides an opportunity for families to meet up for the weekend.

The site opened to travellers at 5am on Thursday July 12 and will close at 2pm on Sunday July 15.