THE recent downpours forced a circus to cancel its performance because it cannot put its big top up.
Circus Starr had been due to hold two shows for more than 1,500 people at The Solaris Centre in New South Promenade yesterday.
The free performances were for disabled and disadvantaged children and would also have raised money for the Blue Skies Hospital Fund - a charity for the children’s ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
But the heavily waterlogged grounds around the Solaris meant the circus could not go ahead. It has been reschedule for Monday, November 12.
Circus Starr director Neville Wilson said: “We are really sorry to have to cancel the Circus Starr show as we know hundreds of children were looking forward to the show.
“However, the persistent rain over the last 48 hours meant we could not pull our trucks on to the site of the Solaris Centre to set up the big top. The site is heavily waterlogged so attempting it would only damage the ground there and our vehicles.
“I want to personally reassure all the children and adults in Blackpool we will return to put on the show in November so no-one has to miss out on all the free family fun that a Circus Starr show offers.”
Among the 1,579 who had been due to attend were 200 children and their families from Park Special School in Whitegate Drive, while 160 tickets had been given to children and adults with special needs at Cherish UK on Preston New Road.
All tickets issued for the show will remain valid for the rearranged date. No venue has yet been set for the new date.