David Wilson, vice chairman of the Newcastle Freemen, welcomes the opening of the Hoppings. It was delayed by two days after heavy rain left the Town Moor site waterlogged and muddy.
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The trophy started at Hadrian's Wall before passing through Hexham and Newcastle on its way to Alnwick.
Andrew Pullan's canoe capsized and he was pulled under the water near Barnard Castle in October 2013.
298 people were killed in the atrocity including Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney & John Alder.