My father, Ike Cox, had a lifetime of horse dealing. He had three horsemeat shops during WW2, travelling to all the horse fairs in Britain, hand-slapping horse dealing. I am Ike’s son Doug, and in 1963 my father and me travelled to Appleby Fair in Westmorland by horse-drawn Romany gypsy vardi with a four-wheel wagon and flat cart, with many gallowers tied behind, all for sale. We had a hundred miles to travel, meeting up with many gypsies and travellers on our way. I write our story in the year 2014, telling of how everything was in those distant, bygone years; of our gypsy encampments and our gallowers climbing the steep hills of picturesque Yorkshire Dales. Telling of how it all was on Dealers’ Corner and Fair Hill, with many hand-slapping horse deals. Washing the gallowers in the River Eden next to the White Café and in the evening horse dealing continuing on in the pubs in Appleby village. Singing, clog dancing on the street, bare-knuckle fighting, a trotting race at dawn on the main road on and down at Appleby trotting track. We had a trotter called Half Lug and a big gamble took place. Did she win? Oh for the love of Appleby Fair! We will be back next year on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of June. My story is to the memory of my father, Ike Cox. A 400 page Hardback with my full colour glossy sketches.
Number of Pages: 410 Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781784565855 Publication Date:07/09/2018 Listed in:General Publisher:FastPrint