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Title : Drumming at the Circus - Hoppings

Description : Performers of all descriptions came to the Hoppings to entertain the people of Newcastle. 1940's The Hoppings is a popular fair in the North East of England, held in the last full week of June every year on Newcastle's Town Moor, spanning around 40 acres of land. The Hoppings started out as a Temperance Festival in 1882, when Newcastle Temperance organisations decided to revive the annual gatherings that they had previously held, but included different festivities to coincide, to counter-attract the 'Summer Race Meeting' at Gosforth Park, which was seen as a source of drunkenness. It proved to be a great success and the fair is still being enjoyed to this very day. Ref: TWAS:944/2447 (Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email To purchase a hi-res copy please email quoting the title and reference number.

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Subject : hoppings

Subject : temperancefestival

Subject : townmoor

Subject : gosforthpark

Subject : fair

Subject : newcastletownmoor

Subject : rides

Subject : attractions

Subject : northeastofengland

Subject : june

Subject : 1940s

Subject : summerracemeeting

Subject : northeast

Subject : newcastleupontyne

Subject : tyneandwear

Subject : museum

Subject : twam

Subject : tyneandweararchivesandmuseums

Subject : oldphotographs

Subject : oldphotos

Subject : drums

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