• Short Summary

    Circus plaque unveiled to commemorate 200th Anniversary, London.

  • Description

    Circus Plaque unveiled. London.

    LV Circus people walking along Embankment, (they belong to Billy Smart's). CU Circus people in their costumes. Pan to man leading horse. L/S of the horse being led with Houses of Parliament in background. Pan across to circus people walking along. LV Houses of Parliament. CU Circus personalities grouped round plaque. Pan to Toto the Clown standing by plaque. GV Toto unveils the plaque. CU The plaque, "This is the site of the first circus ring formed by Philip Asterly in 1769. From here the circus spread throughout the world. Presented by Billy Smart's Circus and the Circus Fans Association in November 1969, on the 200th anniversary of the circus ring". Camera pans to Toto, and Toto's hair stands on end. SV circus personalities applauding. LV circus personalities jump around. Top shot as they walk round in a ring.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2233.20
    Media URN:
    57589
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1969
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:36:00 / 01:28:29:00
    Canister:
    69/93

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    "Philip Asterley" should read Philip Astley.

    "Circus personalities grouped round plaque." - amongst them is Yasmine Smart, granddaughter of Billy Smart.

  2. janehayes says

    I love this, the blonde girl in the ballet tutu is my aunt Barbara Balshaw.

  3. Neville Barltrop says

    A blue plaque was unveiled on 2 April, 2018, to mark the contribution of Philip and Patty Astley to the development of what subsequently became known ‘circus’. The plaque is at the end of Roupell Street, close to the site of that first performance on Easter Monday 250 years ago.

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