Wickham gets ready for traditional horse fair visit

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PREPARATIONS are being made for the travelling community’s arrival at a village for its annual horse fair.

Wickham will once more be packed for the traditional event, which sees people travel from across the UK to trade the prized animals.

The event originated from royal decree given in the 13th century and is usually held every May 20 unless that is a Sunday, which is why it will take place this year on the Monday.

Police are warning motorists to steer clear of the area if they are not going to the fair.

Parish council leader Angela Clear said: ‘There are some around here who don’t like it, but there are plenty more thoroughly enjoy it.

‘It’s a tradition here in Wickham that goes back hundreds of years.

‘I can’t imagine there are too many people around here who aren’t already aware that it will be taking place – the barriers have already been put out by the side of the road, ready for the day.

‘There will be plenty of signs up and the police will be around to help those who need it.’

The Square will be closed to traffic from 5am until approximately 8pm.

The A334 Winchester Road from the A32 School Road junction to the Blind Lane junction will be closed to through traffic.

Horse boxes can be parked on the east side of the A334 between the north end of the square and the junction at Blind Lane and Titchfield Lane.

Any vehicle parked in an unauthorised place will be towed.

The event has drawn increased interest in recent years thanks to the success of the Channel 4 hit My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.