Horse fair ramp shut for 24 hours

Date: Tuesday 6th June 2017

A ramp used for washing horses in the River Eden during Appleby Fair has been closed today for the safety of animals and the public.

The high water level could pose a danger to people and animals, according to the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) of public agencies and gypsy and traveller representatives.

It said the level of the water is being continuously monitored and the group would meet again tomorrow to review the situation.

Robin Hooper, chair of MASCG and chief executive of Eden District Council, said: “Public safety and animal welfare is always of paramount concern. Due to the heavy rainfall Appleby has experienced over the past 24 hours, MASCG has been advised that, in line with our safety policy, it is in the best interest of public safety to close the ramp at the river for the time being. We will review this situation tomorrow and provide a further update.”