WATCH: Horse fair parade: Hundreds of travellers take part in August Bank Holiday tradition

Scores of people on horse and carts rode through the streets of East Durham as part of an August Bank Holiday Monday tradition.

About 200 people, many of them travellers, journeyed from a camp in South Hetton to Haswell.

Horse fair parade goes throught South Hetton on Monday.

Horse fair parade goes throught South Hetton on Monday.

After stopping for a drink and meet-up, the convoy then travelled back to the camp which was set up last week.

Police and council officials attended the event, which passed off without incident.

The horse fair has previously been held on plots of land in Seaham, Easington Colliery, Horden and Blackhall.

Neighbourhood inspector Kevin Tuck, who has experience of working at other horse fairs in County Durham, described the event as a “diverse community happening”.

No roads have had to be closed, but there are some traffic calming measures in place.

Neighbourhood inspector Kevin Tuck

“This gathering is not just for travellers but also people who have interests in horses,” he said.

“Whether the police were here or not, it would still go ahead.

“The council have helped out to support it and make sure everything goes OK.

“No roads have had to be closed, but there are some traffic calming measures in place.

Horse fair parade goes throught South Hetton on Monday.

Horse fair parade goes throught South Hetton on Monday.

“It’s not illegal for horses and carts to be on the highway, it’s an ancient rite of passage, and even though there’s been some congestion the last few days have been quiet with no real issues.”

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, said: “The main things for us are that this is a private event with people meeting on private land.

“The council’s role however is to ensure there is a minimum impact on the local community.”

Horse fair parade goes throught South Hetton on Monday.

Horse fair parade goes throught South Hetton on Monday.