[T]he River Ramp and Jubilee Ford used for horse washing at Appleby Fair will be closed tonight (Sat 10 June) with immediate effect until tomorrow morning due to high waters levels and quickening water flow. The safety of animals and the wider public is the primary concern for these measures being put in place.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Mark Pannone of Cumbria Police, said: “Following a meeting this afternoon of the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group for Appleby Fair (MASCG), we have taken the decision with the support of MASCG Gypsy and Traveller representatives, to close the River Ramp on the Sands and the Jubilee Ford that are used for horse washing. The river’s high water level could pose a risk to animals and the public. The closure will remain in place overnight until tomorrow morning.
“It has been another really enjoyable day at Appleby Fair, despite the rain, the positive vibe around the town has continued.”