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In Pictures: Thousands expected in Cumbria for Appleby Horse Fair

The annual gathering of travellers in the town is held around the first week of June, with events from Friday to Sunday the highlight.

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People riding horses in the river Eden during the Horse Fair in Appleby (Owen Humphreys/PA)

People riding horses in the river Eden during the Horse Fair in Appleby (Owen Humphreys/PA)

People riding horses in the river Eden during the Horse Fair in Appleby (Owen Humphreys/PA)

You can lead a horse to water, but if you are heading along the River Eden this weekend it will be somewhat busier than usual.

Thousands of travellers and other spectators are expected to head to the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria, held annually around the first week of June.

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Horses are washed in the river Eden during the first day of the Horse Fair in Appleby, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Horses are washed in the river Eden during the first day of the Horse Fair in Appleby, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Horses are washed in the river Eden during the first day of the Horse Fair in Appleby, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The fair begins on Thursday with the main events held from Friday to Sunday (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The fair begins on Thursday with the main events held from Friday to Sunday (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The fair begins on Thursday with the main events held from Friday to Sunday (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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People are advised against bringing dogs to the fair ‘as they can spook horses’ (Owen Humphreys/PA)

People are advised against bringing dogs to the fair ‘as they can spook horses’ (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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People are advised against bringing dogs to the fair ‘as they can spook horses’ (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Local police also advise people to drive safely along the roads in the town of Appleby (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Local police also advise people to drive safely along the roads in the town of Appleby (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Local police also advise people to drive safely along the roads in the town of Appleby (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The Horse Fair is an annual gathering of travellers (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The Horse Fair is an annual gathering of travellers (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The Horse Fair is an annual gathering of travellers (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The RSPCA has 31 officers attending the event from England and Wales (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The RSPCA has 31 officers attending the event from England and Wales (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The RSPCA has 31 officers attending the event from England and Wales (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Numerous stalls including music, clothing and equestrian-related goods will occupy the town over the weekend (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Numerous stalls including music, clothing and equestrian-related goods will occupy the town over the weekend (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Numerous stalls including music, clothing and equestrian-related goods will occupy the town over the weekend (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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And warm temperatures on the first day of the fair left some needing to cool down (Owen Humphrys/PA)

And warm temperatures on the first day of the fair left some needing to cool down (Owen Humphrys/PA)

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And warm temperatures on the first day of the fair left some needing to cool down (Owen Humphrys/PA)

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