The Hoppings~June 2017~Part 5

Part 1 HERE   Part 2 Here   Part 3 HERE   part 4 HERE The last part of The Hoppings series concludes with a battle, or rather a display by the army.  Actually I wasn’t quite sure what they were meant to be doing, but lots of army chaps charging about in vehicles, shooting and running about. All good fun. 🙂     Apparently this rocket launcher thingy can launch a rocket from Newcastle and precisely hit the football stadium in Middlesborough.  No need to shoot that far I thought, the Stadium of Shite in Sunderland would be a…

The Hoppings~Part 4~June 2017

Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE, Part 3 HERE After the parachute display, the arena got ready for the police dog demonstration.  These are all working police dogs, except one which is still in training, and they are all German Shepherds.       Agility Training             After the agility round it was catch a bad man time One of the officers dressed up as a ninja turtle (not sure why) and ‘stole’ a briefcase from a planted crowd member You can see the doggy raring to go! Of course the dog got him but…

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…

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 🙂                       and my absolute fave   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,…