The organisers of Appleby Fair have just announced that – not unexpectedly – Appleby Fair has been cancelled because of the coronavirus emergency and will not take place in the first week of June 2020. They say that it is vital that no-one travels to Appleby in June so if you know anyone who may have been planning to attend the Fair this year, please let them know. Please also get everyone to share the word.

The Fair has been one of the highlights in the calendar for British Gypsies and Travellers and other visitors for the past 250 years. It is only the second time that it has ever been cancelled. The first time was in 2001 when Britain was hit by the foot-and-mouth epidemic.

Read more and check for updates at the Appleby Fair website.