Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A bit of a circus

The circus is coming - from 50 yards away
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 16/08/2006)

A circus at a seaside resort has had to take down its big top and move to a new pitch 50 yards away in order to get around government red tape.
Under the 2003 Licensing Act, a circus can stay at one location for a maximum of only 15 days each year. This proved a problem for Circus Mondao as it was licensed for performances throughout August at Sheringham, on the north Norfolk coast.
Faced with the legal dilemma, the performers and North Norfolk District Council decided that a way must be found to enable the show to go on beyond yesterday.
The solution was to move the circus and all of its paraphernalia 50 yards across a track which, technically, meant it had shifted to a new location.
Now the big top is sited on the spot which had been used as a car park until Monday.
Daily Telegraph


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