Story of the Hoppings
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Release Date: 2004
Classification: Exempt from classification
Region coding: Not region coded
Running Time: NA
Mawson & Wareham
unique programme never seen before on television, directed by Jeff
Containing treasured moments from the social history of the North
East of England, a journey through Newcastle’s world famous funfair,
held on the Town Moor for over 120 years.
Priceless archive photographs and film provide a unique insight into
how the people of the North East have had all the fun of the fair
spanning three different centuries.
Characters from some of the most famous showmen’s families give
revealing accounts of how the Hoppings has changed over the years
and how the latest computer controlled rides rub shoulders with old
favourites like the Waltzer, Dodgems, Ghost Train and Carousel. The
largest travelling fair in Europe has survived two world wars and a
thousand rainy days!
Brendan Healy, the well known comedian, takes you on his own
personal trip around the fair, so jump on, hold tight, and
everything will be all right!
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