Wednesday 10 June 2015
Appleby Horse Fair 2015
Appleby Horse Fair finishes today. In case you've not heard of this, it's one of the major annual UK gatherings for the 'travelling community' (Gypsies, tarmac spreaders, heather saleswomen, etc).
I remember many many years ago seeing an interview on TV between Fyfe Robertson (remember him?) and an elderly Irish Gypsy gentleman. It was recorded at the time of the Appleby Fair, and went pretty much like this.....
Fyfe: They say that you leave an awful lot of mess behind you when you come to Appleby (you have to imagine Fyfe's broad Scots accent).
Man: Yes Sir, we do do that (you have to imagine the Irish accent here too).
Fyfe: And they say that you break down fences and camp illegally on private farming land.
Man: Yes I'm afraid we do do that too Sir.
Fyfe: And some say that you steal their chickens and vegetables.
Man: Yes, I must admit, we do that too.
End of interview. There was really nothing more for poor Fyfe to ask. I wonder if the interview is still available somewhere; it was a perfect demonstration of honesty.