THRILL-SEEKERS have been flocking to Yarm to enjoy all the fun of a fair that dates back hundreds of years.

Yarm Fair opened on Thursday, providing a host of traditional fairground rides and games for all to enjoy.

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The fair dates back to the 13th Century when King John granted the town its original charter, but it had to be cancelled in 2020 for the first time in its 813-year history due to the Covid pandemic.

This afternoon crowds gathered along the high street to enjoy the traditional 'Riding of the Fair', or 'flashing' which sees horses ridden through the town centre.

Plans to involve a steam locomotive in this year's flashing were withdrawn at the eleventh hour over health and safety fears.

Last week Cleveland Police distanced themselves from safety advice issued by some local schools that warned there could be a  'significant threat of violence' at the three-day fair.

When approached by the Northern Echo, a police spokesman said: "Police have been made aware of a message circulating regarding Yarm Fair, claiming to be on behalf of Cleveland Police.

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"The wording of the message was not provided by the Force.

"We would not want anyone to be unduly worried about any violence and, as in previous years, officers will be present at the fair and are working closely with Stockton Borough Council Community Safety Team to ensure that the event remains safe and enjoyable for members of the public."

The fair opened on Thursday and runs until 10pm tonight.