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Hoppings finally opens

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

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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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