Category Archives: The Circus

Gerry Nichols

Gerry Nichols has lived near the Downs nearly all his life. On retiring he began researching the history of the Downs from the minutes of the Downs Committee since 1861, and he knows everything there is to know about how … Continue reading

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Tony Hopkins

Tony Hopkins is an impresario who has been bringing circuses to the Downs for over ten years. He puts together an exciting variety of acts, and stays on the Downs for longer than at any other site in his tour.

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Olga Brandt-Bull

Olga Brandt-Bull taught riding on the Downs before the war, and has lived the whole of her adult life within metres of Durdham Down. She has received a marriage proposal there, experienced bombing, played with her children, and of course … Continue reading

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The Circus

Four people offer different perspectives on the circus. Ron Cross remembers seeing the animals and acrobats parading up from the station in the 1950s, Olga Brandt Bull was moved by a sick child’s visit, Gerry Nichols was in the audience, … Continue reading

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