The Chron­i­cle

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BU­L­AWAYO, Sat­ur­day, Au­gust 20,1966 — It was panic sta­tions in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. Early in the day 18 brawny Boland men flew in “for to­day’s match at Harts­field”, only to be told the game was at Sal­is­bury.

And then, in the evening there was a big flap about the Big TopDoyle’s Olympic Cir­cus came per­ilously close to not open­ing on the first day of their three-day run in the City. Un­like the cir­cus folk, the rugby men from Cape Town had an op­por­tu­nity of putting mat­ters right at Jan Smuts Air­port, Jo­han­nes­burg, where they changed planes.

A rugby fan in the im­mi­gra­tion ser­vice sug­gested kindly that they were head­ing for the wrong city. Mr Chris Ack­er­mann, the team’s man­ager, shook his head. The let­ter he car­ried in his pocket from the sec­re­tary of his rugby board said oth­er­wise. And that’s how Bu­l­awayo’s Panic One came about.

Panic Two was caused “by mat­ters out­side the con­trol” of the show folk- there was con­ges­tion on the line be­tween Wankie and Bu­l­awayo.

And what should have been a leisurely af­ter­noon’s work on the show site in the city be­came a night­mare for the cir­cus peo­ple who laboured to put up the Big Top. Their train did not ar­rive un­til it was dark. Crowds of sight seers milled round the site at fa­mil­iar shape of the Big Top be­gan to rise through the tan­gle of ropes and poles.

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