Roll up, roll up – the circus is in town!
The Big Top has gone up and Endcliffe Park has been transformed into a thrilling playground as Zippos arrived in Sheffield.
Hercules The Strongman, Horsewoman Nicky de Neumann, French clowns The Duo Delbosq and the terrifying Globe of Death are just a few of the treats that Zippos’ 2013 production ‘Carnaval’ has in store.
“You’re never too old, you’re never too young and you’re never too cool to go to the circus,” said Ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE, who is the world’s longest-serving ringmaster with a career spanning nearly five decades.
“Whether you’re two or 102, everybody loves the circus – the same acts mean different things to people depending on your age. There’s so much to see in this show and there’s definitely not going to be a dull day with us around.”
Zippos’ 2013 show has been travelling around the country since February and its 45-man team will finish the mammoth UK tour in November.
Norman, who was honoured in 2010 for his services to entertainment, added: “We have a whole host of fantastic artists from all over the world performing breathtaking tricks in our new production.
“The Globe of Death is one of our most exciting acts this year. Four motorcycle riders sealed into a steel mesh ball hurtle around one another at 60mph, while a young lady stands in the centre – it’s nail-biting stuff!
“Our Ukranian strong man Hercules will demonstrate his unbelievable strength – and will even allow a car to be driven over him – and our fabulous acrobatic troop from Cuba will perform gravity-defying somersaults in the centre ring.
“We also have a brand new act with us this time, equestrienne Nicky de Neumann with an exciting presentation of Roman and Cossack-style riding. It’s real good, clean family entertainment.”
The team arrived to set up in Sheffield yesterday and the show opens today with performances held daily at 3pm and 7pm until next Tuesday.
Norman, who was honoured by This Is Your Life in 1990 when Michael Aspel surprised him at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, has worked with Zippos Circus for the past 20 years.
He told The Star: “My job is to make sure everything goes to plan and the Sheffield audience has a great time – and it’s a job I still have a lot of passion for after all these years.
“I never get bored. I still love performing and every single audience that visits the Big Top is different. I really can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Visit www.zipposcircus.co.uk for ticket information.