A ‘DESPERATE’ circus is appealing to the people of Newport for a super drill to help them get ready for their grand opening in just two days time. 

Gerry Cottle’s Circus has come to town for the half-term holiday, but at this rate the Big Top may not be up in time.

The ‘Turbo Show’ which boasts 50 acts in 100 minutes, was due to open this Wednesday at Tredegar Park. It was forced to move to the Newport Car Auctions Pill Carboot sale site, after organisers learnt the land at Tredegar Park was waterlogged.

“Last Wednesday, Gerry Cottle himself went to the site and found it was completely water-logged,” said circus manager Maureen Carter.

But the only suitable site they could find was the concreted carboot area on Usk Way.
“We’ve got the kit here but it’s concrete. We’ve gone into concrete before but it’s really deep here,” said Ms Carter.

The team need a 50mm rock drill that can drill 2ft down.  There are 60-70 ‘stakes’ that must be planted into the ground to secure their Turbo Dome tent.

“We are just desperate,” said Ms Carter.  “If there is someone out there who can help us we will pay and can give them free tickets.”

The show has already sold more than 1000 tickets for the Newport run which is supposed to start at 3pm this Wednesday with two showings a day until Sunday March 2.

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