The fat ladies won’t be dancing

Olympia Konyot - founder member of the Jumbo Jets
Olympia Konyot - founder member of the Jumbo Jets
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Fat ladies are in short supply on the Fylde coast says circus producer Gerry Cottle

Today’s Pleasure Beach auditions for the Jumbo Jets – a planned 2013 version of the famous Roly Polys led by company member Olympia Konyot – have been cancelled after only three of the area’s larger ladies put themselves forward.

“Basically there don’t seem to be enough larger ladies in Blackpool wanting a big showbusiness break,” said a spokesperson for Gerry Cottle’s WOW! circus which is running at the Pleasure Beach Globe until November 3.

“Only three had come forward by the start of the week and we needed at least five to start the group.

“We were really looking forward to the auditions but didn’t want to waste anyone’s time so we will be keeping the three names on file and hope to go ahead with the plan to form the group at some stage in the future.”