Circus apologise for poster advertising “Globe of Death” at site where Summer Grant died

News / Thu 19th Apr 2018 pm30 04:26pm

Santus Players

A CIRCUS has apologised for advertising a show that includes a Globe of Death on the site where a seven-year-old girl lost her life.

Santus Circus will be based at the Harlow Showground in late April. Posters advertising the show have been placed all over Harlow.

In March 26th, 2016, Summer Grant lost her life when the bouncy castle she was playing in flew away.

A trial is taking place at the moment at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The circus has recognised that they may be accused of insensitivity and pledged to remove the words from their posters.

A spokesperson said: “Two years ago, a dreadful accident at a travelling funfair at The Showground resulted in the death of a little girl.

We understand a trial is taking place this week to determine responsibility for that incident, and that sensitivities are therefore high at this time.

“A sequence of the circus performance includes a so-called ‘Globe of Death’, in which motorcycles are driven around the inside of a steel lattice ball set in the circus ring. That part of the performance was included when the circus visited Harlow at this time last year, so it is familiar to the local audience.

“The circus’s advertising posters have been distributed across Harlow and nearby. Naturally, as the Globe of Death is an important part of the show, it is mentioned by name on the poster.

“In recognition of current sensitivities, the circus are sending staff to Harlow today to delete / mask that section of their posters on poster boards, especially those displayed at The Showground itself.

Many other posters have been put up with the permission of business owners in local shops. The circus asks those business-owners to also mask / scrub out those words on their posters if they feel their own customers may be upset to see them.

“A circus and a funfair are completely different in their nature; a circus is a form of travelling theatre, where skilled performers present thrilling entertainment to seated spectators. Like other traditional circuses, Santus Circus is run by families to entertain families. The families who own, run, and perform in Santus Circus offer their deepest sympathy to the Harlow family so tragically affected. The circus people are taking immediate action to alleviate any upset their advertising may have caused at this difficult time”.

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