Great Yarmouth Circus conducts safety inspections

11:27 October 29, 2021

A circus in Great Yarmouth reassured patrons that there will be no more disruptions after the plaster falls from the ceiling.

The city’s Hippodrome Circus delayed a morning show on Wednesday after a piece of plaster fell from the ceiling.

Prior to the scheduled performance, circus personnel performed routine technical checks on the rigging and lights.

When one of the lights was pulled up into position above the ring, plaster fell from the ceiling and customers were delayed while security checks were carried out.

Jack Jay, owner of Hippdrome Circus, said staff were performing “due diligence” after a piece of plaster fell from the ceiling.
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Racetrack owner Jack Jay said: “We were doing a routine technical check on our rigged lights before the public entered the building.

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“As one of the lights was hoisted up in the air, a small piece of plaster that is next to where the rope goes through had fallen and made us stop what we were doing to make sure that we have done all the relevant checks.

“Because this happened in a relatively short period of time before we opened to the public, we held the doors to the public during the inspections.

“We wanted to make sure we were doing our due diligence.

“We also took the time to have a trusted professional in the industry take a look and make sure everything was okay.”

Once the circus was informed that it was safe to continue with the planned event, patrons headed to their seats.

“There were no other problems,” Mr. Jay said.

“It was more of a case where we were too careful to make sure everything was going perfectly well.

“The show took place and we had no interruptions to be open.

“There is certainly no reason to be concerned that this is a larger issue.”

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The owners of the Hippodrome Circus assured the public that there were regular security checks for staff and customers.
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Mr Jay said visual inspections of the property and equipment take place throughout the season, with regular rig checks for performers carried out almost daily.

At the end of each season, there are full maintenance inspections to ensure that the circus can continue to operate to the public.

No upcoming show should be disrupted.