Wednesday, August 01, 2012
BRIGG HORSE FAIR COMING UP ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 4)
Steeped in tradition, Brigg Horse Fair will be played out on Saturday, off Station Road. (August 5 - the "proper" day falls on a Sunday this year, so the event has been brought forward a day).
You won't find this Linkinsheer 'Oss Fair in official guides to what's on - because it's a traditional, unofficial event that involves travellers/gypsies arriving from all parts and trading their steeds in the time-honoured fashion.
The horses will be paraded along Station Road from North Lincolnshire Council's offices all the way to the start of the former railway yard.
Most of the action, though, will go on close to the railway station. And expect to see a good number of stalls and table-top sales of lace, trinkets and horse-related items.
Those reading this post who live well outside Brigg and fancy making their very first trip to the event should be under no illusions. It's not exactly a romantic get-together that is played out to the strains of classical composer Delius' famous rhapsody Brigg Fair.
It can get a bit niffy and you will need to watch where you put your feet (with all them 'osses' about).
But it's a real rarity these days - a spectator event that's FREE to the public and that hasn't been taken over to a huge degree by health and safety, though we expect the usual barriers to appear along Station Road to keep small children away from trotting ponies.
We advise getting down between 9.30 and 10am and maybe staying an hour or two before popping into Brigg for some welcome refreshment.
There are trains running along the Brigg line on Saturday, so folk out at Gainsborough or Grimsby/Cleethorpes might like to take advantage.
Here are a few pix from the 2011 Brigg Horse Fair, just to put us all in the mood for Saturday.