30 November 2009
Man waits to hear ruling over compensation for brain injuries
A man who suffered damage to his brain after being kicked by a horse during the Appleby Horse Fair is waiting to find out whether he will be eligible for a payout.
An initial ruling entitled Geoffrey Glaister to compensation - along with his wife and daughter, who had witnessed the event.
However, the local council appealed the ruling and a judgement concerning this is due to be given at a later date.
The incident occurred in 2004, when the 67-year-old bent down to get hold of a rope to re-tether a horse that had got loose. The animal struck him in the head.
According to Mr Glaister's legal team, the initial ruling should stand and he and his family should receive a payout.
An annual gathering, the Appleby Horse Fair attracts more than 40,000 visitors to Cumbria's Eden Valley - its organisers suggest - and it takes place over an extended weekend.