Re­call­ing the ‘cir­cus’ in Syd­ney

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

When I was grow­ing up in Syd­ney in the 1960s, the ‘cir­cus,’ as we called it, was very pop­u­lar. Also know as the Bill Lynch Show, it came ev­ery sum­mer and was sit­u­ated on a ball field near the Steel Plant.

The rides are prob­a­bly the first thing that come to mind for me. The tamer ones, like the Tilt-O-Whirl and the Scram­bler, were my favourites. There were scarier ones, like the Oc­to­pus, Round-Up and Bonker, but I stayed away from those. I did go on the Fer­ris wheel, al­beit reluc­tantly, as I was afraid of heights.

The sideshows were also very pop­u­lar then. These in­cluded the ‘Fat Lady on Man,’ the ‘Snake Woman’ (an el­derly lady in a small tent sur­rounded by snakes which she gladly picked up and played with) and the young boys, Si­amese Twins, who read their comics in an en­closed mo­bile home with a long win­dow while we stared at them.

Also, who could for­get Con­suela the Mex­i­can lady who beck­oned us to come in and see ‘the World’s Tini­est Houses’ and other dwarf an­i­mals. Fi­nally, I dare men­tion the ‘X-rated all Fe­male Re­vue‘ which, ob­vi­ously, I did not at­tend but ap­par­ently was very pop­u­lar.

Of course, I have to men­tion the most pop­u­lar of all at­trac­tions. It was a long trailer, com­pletely dark in­side with wind­ing dead end halls, spooky faces and eerie sounds and mir­rors which dis­torted your fea­tures.

At the close of the day there was a free act for the pub­lic – usu­ally a high wire or trapeze act or maybe some­one be­ing shot out of a can­non.

Yes, those were the days. Memories to last a life­time! Philip McLean Hal­i­fax (For­merly of Syd­ney)

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