Hoppings finally opens

The annual Hoppings fair in Newcastle has opened after being postponed for two days by the weather.

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The Hoppings is postponed

More inspections will be carried out on the Town Moor in Newcastle this afternoon to see when the postponed Hoppings will be able to go ahead.

The Hoppings in 2008 Credit: ITV

The 130th year of the annual fair was due to be opened by the Lord Mayor at lunchtime today. But the Freemen of the city, who organise the event with the Showmen's Guild, say the wet weather and muddy conditions have made it too dangerous at the moment.

It's the 130th anniversary of the first Town Moor fair in 1882. Over the years it's been dogged by bad weather and 1998 had to be postponed for a week for th e same reason.

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