Thousands enjoy opening weekend of Sunderland Hoppings-style funfair

The North East's Biggest Funfair has opened at Herrington Country Park.
The North East's Biggest Funfair has opened at Herrington Country Park.
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SCREAM if you want to go faster – Wearsiders have been enjoying all the fun of the fair.

Last June, Herrington Country Park played host to the largest fun fair in the North East after The Hoppings in Newcastle was cancelled over a rent row.

It was feared the Sunderland event would be a one-off after it was confirmed The Hoppings would be returning to Tyneside’s Town Moor this year.

But the Wearside event returned this weekend and will run until Bank Holiday Monday, with thousands expected to attend. Thrill-seekers have been enjoying more than 100 rides and games which have taken over Herrington Country Park.

Chris Alexander, chief operating officer at Sunderland Live, said: “After last year’s success, we are thrilled to be able to bring this event back to Sunderland.

“We have taken great care to ensure that the fair takes place during the school summer holidays this year to give everyone plenty of chances to enjoy what promises to be a great family fun day out.”

Colin Noble, of Nobles Funfair, said: “We are looking to build on the event on an annual basis.”

•The fair’s opening times are 2pm-9pm Monday-Thursday, 2pm-10pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm-8pm Sunday and 1pm-9pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Car Parking is £2 per car. Admission to the event is free, though there are charges for rides.