When a Sussex grandmother asked her grandson what he’d most enjoyed when he visited the circus, he said the best bit of the show was ‘a massive polar bear who dances to disco music.’
The grandmother was so horrified she called the ticket hotline to Jay Miller’s Circus to complain about use of wild animals in a circus arena.
An Express reporter met Jay Miller’s ringmaster Ross Farrer at UckfieldFM’s studios after a performance at Luxford Field last week.
During the conversation he explained what had happened and asked whether the newspaper could help.
He said: “Jay Miller’s is an all-human, family-run circus that tours the UK providing affordable, high quality entertainment for the whole family.
“We desperately want your help regarding the unfortunate case of a misinformed grandmother who is now protesting against us over a massive dancing polar bear.”
Ross believes the little boy probably saw this year’s production as part of a free entry event at the Laughton Spring Fayre and failed to realise that the bear was in fact.....an actor wearing an inflatable polar bear costume.
Ross went on: “We were unable to obtain any contact information and the lady called from an unlisted telephone number.
“This lady is very upset and is reluctant to see our side of the story.
“So far her threats have been of adverse publicity but we are worried that she will contact you shortly with hyperbolic claims of dancing bears in chains.
“We would like to put the record straight.
“Yes we have a massive polar bear...but it is an inflatable costume with a human inside.
“We would love to get in contact with this lady and explain the situation and set the record straight.
“As yet the only word our box office team have been able to get through to her is ‘hello” as they answer the call.
“A member of our staff told me he couldn’t get a word in edgeways - she was very forward in voicing her views.”
Ross explains that the circus has now started a Facebook campaign to try and find this misinformed granny but as yet have had no luck.
“Perhaps she isn’t connected to the World Wide Web and we are looking to the press to help.”
He feels the story comes across as a bit of a joke but the granny was clearly very distressed.
“We believe circus is a medium to spread happiness and joy and we really don’t want to be upsetting people.
“Please help us to find her as quickly as possible and explain the truth behind the confusion.”
If she’s found, then the show director would be delighted to invite her to visit the big top to meet the nine foot polar bear in person ‘and perhaps throw some shapes on the dancefloor with him, making her issue more bearable.’
She should ring the Box Office on: 07976 655180 and explain who she is.
The circus will visit Seaford this week until Saturday and Lewes (June 13-14.)
The circus team understand her concerns as they know that some circuses do include animals.
The RSPCA campaigns vigorously against the use of wild animals in circuses and is lobbying Westminster and Welsh governments to ban their use as other countries already have done. Some circuses in Britain currently tour with wild animals including zebras, lions, snakes, tigers and camels. Others don’t believe animals should be subjected to the conditions of circus life.
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