THE team behind Circus Funtasia had a successful week in Bude recently, and even had their performers clear up billing around the town before leaving for their next venue.
The circus was glad to come to Bude once again this year, and this time round were promoting the importance of clearing up after another circus visited the town earlier in the year and caused concern after leaving billing stuck to various lampposts, walls and boards.
With Bude being a leading light in the campaign against plastics and pollution, many, including Liberal Democrat Cornwall Councillor for the area, Peter La Broy, voiced their concerns.
However, performers and organisers were seen collecting any billing on the evening of their last show, stating that leaving Bude in the condition it was before they arrived is of great importance to them.
Ringmistress Tracy Jones said: “Bude is such a beautiful town — we were really sad to hear what happened earlier in the summer. We always use temporary advertising that we take down at the end of our shows. This time, we are having to clean up a lot of mess left by others, but I’m just happy we can help.”
Rosie Clarke, from Circus Funtasia, said: “Our week at Bude went really well. We had good support from local people and excellent feedback on our show.”
Circus Funtasia were in Bude from Wednesday to Sunday, September 26 to 30, and offered a great variety of acts and entertainment, from clowns to daredevil stunts and more, inspired by The Greatest Showman.
On Sunday, September 30, the circus performed two shows and then started pulling down the ‘big top’ immediately, which took around four hours leading them well into darkness. As the vehicles left, performers and organisers took to the streets and collected all of their advertising posters and boards. Rosie added: “Our juggler Nia didn’t even have time to take her makeup off!”
The circus is hoping to come back to Bude in 2019 with new artists and the same quality production that people have come to expect from Circus Funtasia.