- Tyne Tees
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."
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