rider, Bernard Collier remembers his time working on the circus
When I first started I worked in the circus in the closed
season, so that would be like from November til late January over that period,
that was quite a different job to the Speedway.
I use to work on the spotlights and on a Saturday they would have four
shows. I think it would be first show
would be half past ten and then half past twelve, hast past two and then
probably half past seven, so that it is like watching the circus four times on
a Saturday two hours a show and you was quite sick of the circus by the end of
One time one of the elephants kind of just had a bit of
dicky fit and virtually ended up in the first row of the stands, you know in
the circle. It was mayhem, but the circus
was kind of suspended until everything calmed down and really shocking. Kids were screaming and that was the most
eventful time in the two years what I did it.