Photo Essay

The Last Wild West

Spray & Fury II

A once a year event when all the travellers from across the UK & Ireland descend on a sleepy Cumbrian town called Appleby. Turning it into the last wild west.

The visitors ride bareback down the main high street and into the river fully clothed in most cases, to wash their horses before selling them on.

Young men command horses as naturally as riding a bike. While their piers bet & race pony and traps on the narrow winding back roads of the town.

Illegal Bare Knuckle boxing matches are conducted of a night time but no outsiders are allowed into this private world.

An amazing event and one I hope continues despite the introduction of health & safety.

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