ALL the fun of the fair has returned to Sunderland.
Up to 30 rides feature at the new fun fair near North Hylton Road, Red House, with visitors flocking to its opening night.
As well as old favourites, including dodgems and waltzers, there are also attractions for younger children and families.
Nobles Fun Fairs, a Wearside-based amusement firm, is overseeing the event.
Managing director Colin Noble said: “It’s something different for the area which we think will go down well.
“People are struggling at the minute, there’s not much money about, so we’ve kept the prices down as low as we can.
“We think it offers real value for money.
“You’d certainly struggle to find something cheaper which is equally good.”
The 30-year-old businessman, from Washington, said it was the first time he had organised an event of this type in Sunderland.
“We’ve tried to include something for everyone,” he said. “It’s taken a while to plan and make sure everything goes well. Arranging the site and the rides.
“We’ve been putting bills and posters up for quite a while to let everyone know what is going on.”
Nobles Fun Fairs, a family-run business now into its seventh generation and running for more than 120 years, jointly organises the largest travelling funfair in Europe, The Town Moor Hoppings, in Newcastle.
The Wearside show, which opened on Tuesday, will run until Sunday, March 11.
“We’re expecting it to get busier and busier towards the weekend,” said Mr Noble. “We had a good crowd for the opening night.
“Hopefully, the weather will stay fine and we’ll have a good turn out.”
The fair is open from 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and from 1pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is £4.99 and 1p a ride.