The Hoppings is is an annual travelling funfair held on the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the last week in June and is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs. The origin of the name is uncertain but could be that “hopping”, means a dance in Middle English (Old fairs included dancing), or from the clothing which the travellers used to wear; that being of old, sack-like tops and pants. Clothing often became infested with fleas from the animals that travelled with the fair. People were often seen “jumping” or “hopping” about itching from the bites which they received, or the name may derive from the Anglo-Saxon word “hoppen” meaning funfair. The last makes more sense to me but who knows? The fair began as a Temperance Fair in 1882, and has been on every year since then with a couple of exceptions. This year they had a Military Show at the far end of the grounds so Phil and I got on the metro and off we went. It was a mad hot day with temperatures around 30degrees but we had hats on and water with us. Although the funfair part wasn’t our thing it was great for colours and photographs so I took a fair few on the way through to the military bit.
Felt sorry for the donkey’s in the heat
More to come so stay tooned! 🙂