The Belle Vue annual
International Christmas Circus lasted for over fifty years and became a feature
of the attractions at the world-famous showground. The capacity of The King’s
Hall was five thousand and gave Belle Vue the status of the leading venue in
the North West, easily outstripping Blackpool’s Tower Circus.
Bertram Mills’ famous
circus supplied many of the animal acts. They were amongst the most popular
because large, aerial attractions such as the high wire acts were not possible
in the confines of The King’s Hall. By the late 1950s, tigers, polar bears,
elephants and camels would be joined by artistes from France, Germany and Italy
as the cream of circus talent would be brought to Manchester by the then
General Manager Jack Fearnley.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin; National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield
Programme from 1942
Painting from 1954
Programme from 1960's
Object from June 1943
Photo from June 1943
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