The Story of the Hoppings

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Release Date: 2004
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Mawson & Wareham

A unique programme never seen before on television, directed by Jeff Brown.

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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