Circus arrives in town at a new venueBy Caroline Cook
May 08, 2012
The circus has arrived in town but performers are pitching their tents in a different field due to extreme weather condition.
The world famous Gerry Cottle's Circus will be open for business tomorrow at a new location in Calfridus Way playing fields, off Ralphs Ride in Bracknell.
The circus was originally due to pitch up in the grounds of South Hill Park but heavy rain has left the ground unsuitable.
Arriving in town with the circus is local girl Lizzie Barber who ran away to join the circus last year.
Lizzie, who was born in Ascot and brought up in Binfield, trained as an electrician but decided to change her life and applied to become a dancer at Gerry Cottle's Circus.
When she arrived at the circus the 22-year-old found she would also be part of a bicycle act where four performers ride a bike simultaneously.
"I was terrified at first my Mum would never even let me ride a bike on my own let alone with four other people," she says. "I took my cycling proficiency test and crashed into a tree so I though my cycling days were over."
After sharpening her bike riding skills Lizzie became a fully-fledged member of the circus and she will be performing alongside other acts as part of a spectacular new show, 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.
"I am so pleased to be back and show people everywhere the joy and magic of great circus," says Gerry. "For the same price as a cinema ticket I guarantee you will see some of the greatest acts from around the world, and witness incredible live entertainment at its very best. This is without a doubt my greatest show yet."
Circus acts from around the world will be on stage inside the big top from tomorrow including Chico and Ernesto's two man high wire act, the six big top beauties aerial act and Los Marinos' Wheel of Death.
Gerry Cottle's Circus is at Calfridus Way Playing Fields from tomorrow until Sunday. Tickets are £10 and can be bought by calling 0845 835 5050.