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Greentop Circus entertained the onlookers in the Winter Gardens       in the Winter Gardens
Greentop Circus entertained the onlookers in the Winter Gardens in the Winter Gardens
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THERE was no need to run away to the circus when it came right to Sheffield city centre and performed to an ‘entranced’ audience.

Trapeze artists, jugglers, hula hoop experts and clowns filled the Winter Garden in Sheffield for a special display.

Crowds of people, including lots of excited youngsters, watched the free Greentop Circus show.

Mum-of-two Hilary Foster, from Carterknowle, said: “My six-year-old will be gutted she has missed it because she is at school, my three-year-old is entranced.

“It’s great that it is in a public space as well.

“You never know what you are going to find in the Winter Garden.”

Shoppers, mums, office workers and students all caught a slice of the action.

Pensioner Pauline Taylor, 77, of Meadowhead, said: “We’d been to the cinema and just popped through to see what was going off.

“There was a man juggling a huge cube on first and that was great.”

The show – called Sandwich Circus – was part of Greentop’s Circus North Microfestival.

The performance was also held for the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind.

Craig Gamble-Pugh, chief executive of Grimesthorpe-based Greentop Circus, was at the event with staff, volunteers and performers.

He said: “It really is a celebration of Sheffield’s roots as a base of circus in the north of England.

“People can find out about giving circus skills a go themselves as well.

“We’ve had a really good mix of people coming along too.”