It is just over 50 years since Gerry Cottle completed that age-old adage and ran away and joined the circus, swapping his suburban London home for a caravan & his schoolbooks for a set of juggling clubs. He soon excelled and expanded his repertoire to include stilt walking, bareback horse riding, fire eating, clowning & even a became a crocodile trainer, as explained in his recent biography ‘Confessions of a Showman – My life in the circus’.
Next month, the Gerry Cottle Circus will be visiting Eastbourne, fresh after performances at Glyn Gap in Bexhill.
The circus will be based at Princes Park from Thursday, August 1 to Tuesday, August 6, with performances weekdays at 3pm and 7.30pm, and at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and the final show on Tuesday.
Gerry Cottle quickly grew to become Britain’s biggest & best-known circus with it’s many Film & TV appearances, especially the highly successful Saturday night spectacular ‘Seaside Special’.
The circus not only toured all over the UK but also in Ireland, the Far East, The Middle East, South America Europe and even Iceland, becoming the most widely traveled British circus in history.
For the Eastbourne show he is promising 50 acts in 50 minutes - a five-star family show.