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Circus performers near Grantham receive bumper donation from well-wishers

Performers at a circus based near Grantham received a surprise bumper donation of food and essential items on Saturday.

After relying on charity handouts since the outbreak of the coronavirus, more than 50 circus artistes currently living at the winter headquarters of Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus, off the A607 Lincoln Road at Honington, turned to the Journal to raise awareness of their plight.

On hearing about their desperate situation, Ian Haynes of Grantham Care Packages, knew they needed to act.

Ian said: “They had no idea that we were going but we took about 100 cartons of long life milk, pasta, sanitisers etc. They were really happy when we turned up and realised what we were giving to them. I just cant help but think about why no one is stepping up and helping anyone in need. If two ground workers can have an impact like we did and in this case, still are doing, why can’t someone with the power and a voice not do so?”

Circus ringmaster and manager Paul Martinez was overwhelmed with the donation. He added: “His generosity was most humbling. We didn’t expect that at all and the amount that was donated could feed an army. We can’t express how grateful we are for their kindness.”

Since the story was published on Friday, the Government has announced that where audiences are socially-distanced, live outdoor performances will now be allowed to take place.

Paul added: “We have been told we are allowed to reopen with a reduced number of audience members and social distancing in place. It’s like music to our ears.”

The circus now plans to reopen on July 29 at Rhyl.

Paul added: “We hope thatwe can salvage something of our season. We can’t thank the Journal enough and the kindness shown from the Grantham people especially those at Jubilee Life Church Life Centre, London Road, who delivered items to the troops every week.”

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