A DEDICATED Facebook page has been created for Appleby Horse Fair.

The fair begins in eight weeks and the page has been set up to provide the travelling community and local residents with information and updates.

It was started by the Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG), chaired by Eden District Council with support from representatives from the Gypsy and Traveller communities, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Constabulary, the RSPCA, Trading Standards and other agencies.

They work throughout the year with communities who are involved in the fair, addressing concerns and problems.

Robin Hooper, Chief Executive of Eden District Council and Chair of the MASCG said: “We hope by adding Facebook to our communication tools, we can reach even more of the 2,500 local residents in Appleby, the 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers who come to the fair and also the 30,000 visitors who all come and transform the town for the weekend in June.”

The link to the page is: