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New North East Fair

After the cancellation of Newcastle's historic Hoppings fair, it's been confirmed that a new event will be held at Sunderland. The Hoppings ended after a row between the stall holders and landowners.

A new North East Fair will be staged at Herrington Country Park from the 21st to the 30th of June. Organisers say it will be smaller, but all the same rides will be there.

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Hoppings cancelled

The Hoppings has been cancelled over a row over rent Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One of Europe's largest fun fairs has been cancelled after a row over rents for stall holders.

The Hoppings has been a big event in Newcastle's calendar for the last 130 years.

Yesterday the city council and the Freemen of the city, who organise it, said a waterlogged site may force them to postpone it.

But a meeting of the Showmen's Guild voted to call it off completely unless a dispute over pitch terms can be resolved.

Hoppings opens despite soggy site

The annual fair is open today after being postponed due to heavy rain. Credit: ITV

The annual Hoppings fair in Newcastle will be open to the public today despite the Town Moor site remaining very wet and muddy.

The opening of the event, which is billed as Europe's largest travelling fair, was delayed for two days after the ground was deemed unsafe on Friday.

Organisers drained much of the water and put straw down to allow the fair to open on Sunday lunchtime.

Thick mud has become a feature of the event, which is notorious for incurring wet weather. However, this year is only the second time in its 130 year history.

Organiser David Wilson described the opening as a "miracle".

"The public have been clamouring to come on, the showmen have been really keen to open, there's such a huge amount of effort gone in and earlier in the week it just looked like it wasn't going to happen. We've had the worst weather in a century and I'm absolutely delighted we've been able to open."

Hoppings to open this lunchtime

The annual Hoppings fair in Newcastle will open to the public at 1.30 pm today, two days later than planned.

For only the second time in its history, the start of what's billed as Europe's largest travelling fair had to be postponed because of the wet weather.

Heavy rainfall in the days leading up to the event left the Town Moor site waterlogged and muddy, making it difficult to set up rides and stalls, and potentially dangerous to visitors.

Organisers say they've now dealt with the problems.

"We brought in massive machines to even out the surface.

"We have also brought in large quantities of bark chippings and straw to soak up some of the water as well as drafting in two submersible pumps to collect water which can then be moved off site."

– David Wilson, Newcastle Freemen vice chairman
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