THE CONTROVERSIAL Kenilworth Horse Fair has moved to Nottingham.
The event was traditionally held at Thickthorn three times a year until last September when it was announced the land was being sold to make way for a new 760 home development.
Despite organisers hoping they could still hold the fair on the land, they were forced to change their plans after being dismissed by Warwick District Council chiefs.
The news was welcomed by Warwickshire Police with officers saying there were reports of criminal damage to properties and vehicles around the site when the fair was in town. Some pubs and shops in the town even closed their doors during the event.
But the fair was held last weekend around 60 miles away in Nottingham, for the first time in its some 20 year history.
Nottinghamshire Police say there were no complaints or reports of antisocial behaviour.
And Mick Davidson, a member of the travelling community who promotes the fairs, said it went well and another one was planned for July.
He told the Observer: “There were bad reports from the start but people had a different view after the event.
“If all goes well it will be better than Kenilworth. It’s a better field with good drainage. The weather wasn’t that good but Sunday was a good turnout.”