From speedway to circus

Oral history

Speedway rider, Bernard Collier remembers his time working on the circus

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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 that.

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.

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