Thunder rolls in – but don't worry, it's a host of Harleys

Wrestlers, Roman gladiators and a parade of vintage cars helped make it a bumper weekend across the North-East, as temperatures reached 25C.

Wrestlers, Roman gladiators and a parade of vintage cars helped make it a bumper weekend across the North-East, as temperatures reached 25C.

Around 30,000 people crammed the streets of Morpeth, Northumberland, yesterday as the town enjoyed its 21st summer fair.

In County Durham a pre-First World War camp was created at the Beamish Open Air Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

And yesterday in Walltown, near Greenhead, in Tynedale, the acting group Roman Tours gave visitors a taste of what life was like around Hadrian's Wall 2,000 years ago.

The Morpeth Fair Day at the town's Carlisle Park was the biggest to date, attracting stall-holders from all over the country and families from around the region.

The free fair was launched by traders in the 1980s to attract visitors and as a thank you to the townsfolk for their custom throughout the year.

Yesterday's event featured a world championship Cumberland wrestling bout, a continental market, as well as bands from Northumberland, Austria, Birmingham and Manchester.

The highlight of the fair was a parade of Harley Davidson motorbikes, vintage cars, scooters and floats through the town at noon.

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