Anger over circus toilets

A FURIOUS mum took her daughter behind a tree after being disgusted by the toilets at the Moscow State Circus.It was the last straw of a evening which saw her turned away from the 5pm showing due to continued safety concerns and then perching on unsafe, rickety benches after killing three hours before the 8pm performance.

A FURIOUS mum took her daughter behind a tree after being disgusted by the toilets at the Moscow State Circus.

It was the last straw of a evening which saw her turned away from the 5pm showing due to continued safety concerns and then perching on unsafe, rickety benches after killing three hours before the 8pm performance.

But a circus spokesman blamed the borough council for the waterworks problems and said all seating had been passed by safety inspectors before the performance.

Yesterday The Evening Star revealed how the first night for the world famous circus was axed completely after the big top started to collapse.


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Kirsty Davisof, Stoke Park Drive, said things had not got any better since. She said: "The performance was great, but everything else was rubbish.

"I was up there on Tuesday and then had to go back at 5pm yesterday. We were told the show was cancelled and we had to come back at 8pm – which meant wasting three hours in town.

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"We went back at 8pm and they had nothing to compensate us and the seating was horrendous.

"The grandstand seats were flip-down and surrounded by caging, but we were sitting on rickety wooden benches with a 10-15ft drop behind us.

"Children like to stand up at things like this, but I was worried they might fall backwards. It's hard to control a three-year-old and a one-year-old.

"At the interval I went to the toilet with my three-year-old and there was water all over the floor, there was no running water and the toilets would not flush. They were piled high with other people's waste.

"In the end I took her outside to go against a tree because I thought it was more hygienic."

Paul Archer, circus general manager, said: "There has been a water problem for quite a long time and the council is aware of it.

"We asked Ipswich Council to provide a decent water supply and we were assured it wasn't going to be a problem.

"We will have to go back to the council and ask them to improve the situation.

"We deal with 105-110 local authorities a year. All our circuses are high quality productions but we do need high quality sites."

Mr Archer said customers would be provided with antiseptic wipes if the problems persisted.

An Ipswich Council spokesman said officers would investigate the situation.

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