recalls his memories of the animals and their appearance at the circus.
Every day you turned up at Belle Vue to do a job and you
would walk past the lions, tigers, elephants, camels, hippopotamus,
monkeys....oh and then you would walk into the funfair and it was an incredible
You got a bit blasé about it, you didn’t, the novelty kind
of wore off in a way because you enjoyed it every day. You would experience it every day and you
would wander in the back of the circus and you would see all the acts ready to
go through the curtains and you’d stand there because you could, even though
you wasn’t doing anything but your part of Belle Vue and I remembered when the
lion act was put on. They use to get the
lions, tigers from the back of Belle Vue where they lived through a little
tunnel leading to the ring and I was stood next to this tunnel one day when a
tiger stood next to me and decided to pittle on me. It took me weeks to get the smell out of
clothes because by God it’s potent.