Eastbourne fire performance ignites neigbourhood row

Fire circus performers in Hampden Park SUS-150828-090243001
Fire circus performers in Hampden Park SUS-150828-090243001

Neighbours in Hampden Park have been left fuming after a dispute over a fire circus performance.

The dispute between neighbours on Southern Road, is over a performance for neighbourhood children by the fire juggling group Elemental Circus.

But the performance has not proven popular with all residents causing one neighbour to take to social media to criticise the group.

Paul Brett, says he asked his neighbour Tinker Fae to stop the displays as he is worried his property may be damaged during the performances.

Paul said, “They are not being responsible people whatsoever and they should do it in a more appropriate area.

“There are plenty of other places they could do the practice, there is a field just around the corner.”

Paul has previously called police to complain about the street display but was told they would not take action as it is not against the law.

Fire performer Tinker, who lives with her family in Southern Road, says the performance is safe and was done with the best of intentions.

She says the group was fire breathing and juggling on the residential road after a request from children who live nearby.

Tinker said, “It’s only once in a blue moon we do it out there it was only because of requests from other neighbours we used fire. We normally practice at the house of a Circus member, which is nowhere near our house.

“We use very short wicks and we are fully insured because we do it for events.

“We did it as a perfomance for some of the kids who live in the street and it was also a bit of a fire safety lesson too. We are here to help and support not hurt.”

The Elemental Circus is a volunteer-run fire circus and has performed at a number of festivals over the summer and are performing at a number of events over the coming weeks.

For more information about Elemental Circus visit http://www.elementalcircus.co.uk/

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