The Hoppings~June 2017~part 3

Part 1 HERE.  Part 2 HERE.

Eventually, after a horrid lunch of side stall burger and fries (the majority of which ended up in a bin) we got to the area where the military show was.  Lots of side shows of equipment,

medivac demos,

helicopters,

climbing walls

recruiting booths and a fenced of arena for the ‘shows’.

First off we had a parachute display

They all landed so easy, like a walk in the park

After this, we had a police dog show, but that’s another post, so stay tooned 🙂

(as an aside… it was 30 degrees 2 weeks ago at the end of June, when I took these, and its now 13 degrees and has rained solid for 2 days. Totally Bonkers. ) 

 

The Hoppings~June 2017~Part 2

Part 1 HERE

The Hoppings fair was very well attended, so I thought it would be rude of me not to photograph some of the people I saw 🙂

Sunburn Lady

 

Drinking Lady

 

Armed policemen

 

Bandsmen

 

Tattoo Lady

 

Squadies

 

Old Lady

 

pretty lady

 

Pie Man

 

Slushie Man

 

Dad Man

 

and my absolute fave

Why Me? Man

 

Still more to come from The Hoppings so stay tooned!

Fraggle Report~The Hoppings ~ June 2017~Part 1

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.

Ghost Train 1

 

No way in hell would you get me on one of these!

No no and thrice no!

 

Ghost Train 2

Felt sorry for the donkey’s in the heat :/

Dave and Dixie

 

I ❤ You too!

 

Will someone get me down from this undignified position!

 

More to come so stay tooned! 🙂