11 incredible photos of The Hoppings through the 1940s and 50s

With the Hoppings just weeks a way, let’s look back at some historic photos of the event.

The Hoppings on the Town Moor has long been apart of Newcastle’s history- summer evenings spent on the rides, all the candy floss you could wish for and disgruntled parents trapsing behind their children, defeated saying ‘ok, but this is your last one.’

The fair dates back to 1882 meaning it’s now in its third century and a permenant feature of North East culture. But did you know it was originally designed as a counter-attraction to the annual Race week hosted at the racecourse?

Of course, it’s changed a lot since then. Hook-a-duck wasn’t introduced until 1958, if you can believe it.

And now Europe’s largest fun fair is gearing up for its 2023 stint, returning 16th-25th June.

But what did the Hoppings look like in the past? Rides were certainly different but so was the entertainment.

Here are 11 incredible photos of the Hoppings through the 1940s and 50s.

All of these photos are courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the photos are available for purchase.