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Event Review

Appleby 2010

By Jake Bowers

Tens of thousands of Gypsies, Travellers and tourists have visited Europe's largest Gypsy horse fair.

Sizzling summer temperatures brought tens of thousands of visitors to the biggest Gypsy horse fair in Britain. They have bought, sold, drank and chatted in beautiful sunshine.

However the Gypsy and Traveller community has expressed dismay of the closure of some pubs in the town. Fair organiser Billy Welch is part of the management group that oversees the fair and says the police may have influenced pubs in the town to close.

"We're looking into what happened." says Welch. "Because the way some of the police have been talking to our people is wrong and our people must have more respect."

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