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Afunday at the Hoppings in 1975; NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000.

ET'S treat ourselves to a little mid-summer sunshine from four decades ago.

LThe return of the annual Hoppings to Newcastle's Town Moor might be six months away, but let's take a trip down memory lane to 1975 anyway.

Superb rare video footage shows the travelling funfair as it was that year.

The film was captured by keen video-maker, Mr JH Clark.

His son, Steve Clark, has been kindly sharing some brilliantly nostalgic Tyneside-shot footage with the Chronicle.

Steve recalled "From a very early age my dad was captivated by the Hollywood era of motion pictures and loved the old movies.

"This inspired him to eventually get his own 8mm cine camera, and later a Canon video camera."

In recent months, we've published videos showing Newcastle city centre, the Metrocentre, Tynemouth Plaza and elsewhere in the mid-1980s.

That footage was shot by Mr Clark just before the family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, in 1986.

The film of the Hoppings was captured on a glorious Tyneside day a decade earlier.

It was 1975 and the year of the Bay City Rollers, Showaddywaddy and 10cc in the summer pop charts.

At the cinema, we were flocking to see Jaws, Towering Inferno and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

And on television, Fawlty Towers, The Sweeney, and The Good Life were all shown for the first time.

In the news, rising prices at the shops; IRA bombings in London; and the Tory party's first woman leader, Margaret Thatcher, all hit the headlines.

Back at the Hoppings, young Steve Clark was filmed having fun with his cousins and uncle.

The visiting fair was and still is a Tyneside institution.

It started life in 1882 as a temperance fair and was designed to be a sober counter-attraction to the boozy goings-on at the annual Race Week at nearby Newcastle Racecourse.

The event was an instant hit. A newspaper report from the time read: "On whatever part of the moor the eye rested, a moving mass of human beings was witnessed."

The name Hoppings is thought to derive from the hopping, or dancing, that often happened at old fairs - but it was not until the 1950s that the Hoppings became the universally recognised title of the yearly Tyneside event.

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Newcastle Hoppings, 1975, stills from a video by Mr JH Clark. You can watch the video on our website www.chroniclelive.co.uk

Visit Steve Clark's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/CaptainCryptographer/ videos

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