Charity Show at South Tyneside Maritime College

The “Easy riders” were part of an all star charity show at South Tyneside Maritime College.  The show was a fund raiser for St Clares Hospice. It was organised by Frank Carson who was the star of the show.  Also on the bill was Johnny Casson, Mick Miller and Roy Walker, all Blackpool based comedians
who were part of Granada’s “The Comedians”  The Blackpool Circus School boys were praised for the way they fitted into a professional show and did not look out of place in such illustrious company.  Everyone gave their services free and the amount raised for the Hospice was in excess of £10,000 on the night.

Frank Carson with The Easy Riders

Frank Carson with The Easy Riders

Following on the heels of this success was the first of 6 days of performing at the Tower Circus.  This was the prize for winning this summers “You cant miss it” talent competition. The remaining dates are October 22nd 25th 26th 27th and 29th.  They will be doing 2 day time shows each day

Tower Circus’s Most Talented competition

Students from Blackpool Circus School took part in the Tower Circus’s Most Talented competition. Along with 8 other acts from around the UK the students presented their acts. Holly Johnstone with her Gymnastic Dance Display and the Easy Riders with Juggling, Unicycling and most novel Juggling on the Unsupported Ladder by Jamie Lee Coldham. Quoted in the Blackpool Gazette, Tower Circus Director, Laci Endresz Snr said “The Easy Riders act was well presented and very entertaining to watch. They look the part and obviously have a natural talent for entertaining.”

There will now be a 2 week wait for the results to come through. Blackpool Circus School are very proud of the Easy Riders and Holly Johnstone for the effort they put in to presenting their entries.  Both acts were very professional and deserve to be placed high in the final count.

More events are planed for our Circus students to take part in. Watch this space!

Holly at the Tower Circus

Holly at the Tower Circus

Easy Riders at the Tower Circus

Easy Riders at the Tower Circus

Busy time at Circus School

A busy 2 months for the School, not only have attendances increased at Highfield Circus Club on Wenesday evenings, Many bookings have been undertaken.

  • Thornton Cleveleys Gala. Workshop with Roger and Lee yiang
  • Arnold School Charity Fun day. Workshops with our students
  • Blackpool Council employees day at the Winter Gardens. Entertainment by our students.
  • Preston University, 3 days experience for year 11s
  • Witton Park High School, Blackburn
  • Bedford High School, Leigh. 6 Taster sessions for year 5s
  • St Peters Primary School, Lytham Summer Ball, our students entertain.
  • Visit by the children of Chernobyl to Circus Club at Highfield.
    Thanks to Peter Westhorpe (Deputy Head) for his help.
  • Summer bookings for 2 days a week at Ribby Hall Leisure park.
  • St Annes Carnival, our students took part in the parade and helped with the workshop in Ashton gardens.
  • Arnold Summer School with Roger and lee Yiang Holy Cross Higrh School, Chorley with Yuri & Tonya
BBC2 Saturday Club filming

BBC2 Saturday club televised from Bispham High School. 10 Teachers and students took part in this first outside broadcast.

Annie Get your Gun

Annie get your gun at the Marine hall, Fleetwood. 4 of our students provided a professional performance for the Irving Berlin musical staged by the Thornton & Cleveleys Youth Theatre

Back to Back ring Juggling

Annie get your gun at the Marine hall, Fleetwood. 4 of our students provided a professional performance for the Irving Berlin musical staged by the Thornton & Cleveleys Youth Theatre

The Poulton-Le-Fylde Annual Gala

Our Circus students score again at the Poulton-Le-Fylde Annual Gala. Five of our students rode unicycles and juggled with clubs, balls and diabolos as the parade wound its way through the streets of Poulton.  The crowd was amazed to see such youngsters performing with the level of ability that they showed.

Our unicycling students in Poulton town centre

Our unicycling students in Poulton town centre

When they arrived at Cottam Field, the crowd joined in the workshop and helped other youngsters to have a go.  Not only youngsters, but adults are getting more and more into Circus skills, as witness the lady on the balance boards below having a great time!

An increasing number of enthusiastic adults has led to the continuation of the 5 week adult class held at Bispham High School on Thursday evenings. Adults from 16 year olds can now come to an evening for a one of payment of £5. Students that started the course 3 weeks ago can now juggle, throw the diabolo and stilt walk. They are now moving on to unicycles and strap-on stilts!

 member of the public has a go

A member of the public has a go

Blackpool Circus School Open Evening

The first open evening for Blackpool Circus School was a great success. Parents and members of the public were treated to an outstanding display by Circus students followed by the presentation of achievement certificates.

Frank Carson presenting Holly with her certificate

Frank Carson presenting Holly with her certificate

Frank Carson also presented a cheque for £1000 to Trustees of the Circus School.
The event took place at Highfield Humanities High School and the photograph is by kind permission of Peter Westhorpe, Deputy Head Teacher.

Presentation Evening Wednesday 18th May 2005

Free and open to all at the sports hall, Highfield High School. An open workshop will be followed by a display from our students and direct from their much acclaimed performance at the Grand Theatre, “The Easy Riders”

The Easy Riders

The Easy Riders

Adults only Circus skills classes

In conjunction with Blackpool Life, Blackpool Circus School are starting a 5 week course of juggling classes at Bispham High School stating on 19th May from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

The 5 week course costs only £25 and includes juggling, diablo, devil sticks and unicycle tuition.The course is backed by Blackpool Life, an initiative to make Blackpool healthier and happier place to live

Blackpool Life - Rise to the challenge

Blackpool Life - Rise to the challenge

You are never too young to learn new tricks!

Take Buddi the clown, he decided that he wanted to add juggling to his many talents. He joined the Circus club at Highfield School on Wednesdays even though he is in his eighties!

A few years ago he suffered throat cancer and has to speak through a device in his throat. He visits Schools on a voluntary basis and demonstrates the risks of smoking. Below is a photo of Buddi in motley, which is Circus talk for make up and costume. If you wish to invite Buddi into your School, please email him on bernardwbeetles@onetel.net

Buddi the Clown

Buddi now learning juggling with Blackpool Circus School

Bispham High School opens new north wing building

Blackpool Circus School took part in the opening of the new north wing building at Bispham High School. Mrs Joan Humble MP declared the building open on Friday, 8th April. The Circus students from Beacon, Arnold and Stanley Junior schools took part in a presentation to mark the opening.

Presentation for the opening ceremony

Presentation for the opening ceremony

It is hoped that the Circus school will use the facility at Bispham to forge closer links with the performing arts School. There will be an adult class starting at Bispham on the 19th May. It will run for 5 weeks from 7-8:30pm and the cost will be £25 for the course.

Presentation for the opening ceremony

Presentation for the opening ceremony

Donation helps fund equipment purchase

On Friday the 1st April a cheque for £450 was presented to George Holden, Honorary Secretary of Blackpool Circus School. The cheque was presented by Dr Steven Reid, Assistant Grand Master for the Masons. The award was bid for by John Topping, Deputy Head of Bispham High School.
He applied to the West Lancashire Community fund for Circus equipment for Blackpool Circus School.

On the photo from left to right is Yuri Gridneff, teacher, Mark Fishwick, student ,  George Holden, Dr Steven Reid and John Topping.

On the photo from left to right is Yuri Gridneff, teacher, Mark Fishwick, student , George Holden, Dr Steven Reid and John Topping.