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A quite winter and spring but summer has started with a bang! The Circus school was booked to present background entertainers for the Council awards in the Winter Gardens. We were asked to provide an act for Tony Jo’s Charity show at the Opera House. The cast was led by an old friend, Roy Walker plus some very interesting acts. Our act featured Thomas Senior now known as “Thomas Bounce” since his appearance on Britain’s got talent. That’s him below in his red waistcoat before he became famous along with Daniel on stilts, Martyn and Joe, Emma-Jane and Max.

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We then had a visit from “5 ring Circus” a youth Circus group from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We invited them to our home to see our memorabilia as they are researching Circus history with a grant from the Heritage lotary fund. On the next day, with members of BCS we went to the Tower for a Heritage tour followed by a visit to the Tower Circus show. Meanwhile, Thomas Bounce had succeeded in his audition for Britain’s got talent and appeared in the fourth Semi final, where surrounded by a bevy of girl dancers he failed to reach the Final of the show.

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On the same day, 10 students from the Circus school travelled to Media City in Manchester to record an episode of “Blue Peter” The program featured a Russian Juggler from the travelling “Moscow State Circus” He juggled with 5 footballs while standing on a globe decorated as a giant football. Our students were on stage with him and Tommy Schools showed his skill with 7 balls. For the live show in the evening, Max, Meredith and Will did a quick show juggling and unicycling and then making some juggling balls with the presenter, Barny.

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On the 4th June 18 Students and mums are going to see the Moscow State Circus in Lancaster thanks to an invite from Paul Archer, the Circus manager who accompanied the Russian juggler to Media City. A forthcoming event takes place on the Comedy carpet in front of the Tower. It is an attempt on a juggling world record to coincide with World Juggling day 15th June. We join with the artistes from the Tower Circus on the 14th June.  Our Stilt walkers are now sub contracted for the Summer to the Tower. Their job is to encourage the visitors to come into the Circus. At present they are Daniel Tate-Potts, John Swift and Sophie Jakeman. Photos and video to follow.