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Study plans to end historic fair
Horse fair visitors
Thousands of horse-drawn vehicles attend the fair
A working group set up to look at the future of a 500-year-old Cotswolds horse fair has voted to scrap it.

Stow-on-the-Wold's Horse Fair, which has taken place twice annually since 1476, attracts hundreds of visitors and Gipsies from all over England.

However, the event divides the town with some claiming it is a nuisance, creating mess and traffic chaos.

Hundreds replied to a town council survey and at a meeting of the working party, a majority voted to end it.

The dates for the fair are in May and October and were granted by Royal charter. Any changes would have to be discussed and agreed by Cotswold District Council.

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