A CIRCUS owner’s dream finally becomes reality as he brings circus to his hometown for the first time.

Daniel Hammond, 30, of Hillcrest Court, Dovercourt, worked for four years to bring Circus Petite to the town.

He said: “This is the first ever visit to Dovercourt. I have been trying very hard to bring the circus to my home town, it was hard to get hold of the right councillor. I am very excited, all my family and friends will be there.”

After yet another successful Easter tour, Circus Petite is hitting the road this Autumn, delivering wholesome family fun to all their audiences.

A variety of acts will entertain the public including juggling, rope walking, hula-hooping, magic and the clown duo, The Konyots.

They will have shows at Dovercourt, Elmsett, Littleport and West Mersea between September 18 and October 13 with the Dovercourt shows being

They have recently got a new tent and will be using it for the first time in Dovercourt.

between 18 and 22 September, in Lower Marine Parade Car Park.

Circus Petite is the creation of Ipswich-based children’s entertainment company, Mr Bean Entertainments.

Owners Daniel and David Bean, who are the owners, said: “We are so excited to be back on tour again this year.

“We had such a fabulous reaction from the people who came last year, and we’ve upped our game for this year’s tour.

“As well as a line-up of exceptionally talented acts, we’ve got a few surprises that will have the audience smiling from ear to ear.”

Daniel, who grew up in Dovercourt, said: “When I was 10 years-old I went to see a circus performance and I liked it so much that the next day I went back to see if there are any jobs.

“I started the circus four years ago and I’ve met my partner there.”

Circus Petite for the first time ever will be introducing signed performances to the Autumn tour.

A British Sign Language interpreter will be present at shows scheduled for Wednesday September 18 at Dovercourt, Tuesday, September 24 at Elmsett, Tuesday October 1 at Littleport and Wednesday, October 9 at West Mersea.

The owners said they are doing this because they are working a lot with charities and learning disability people and this is another way of opening up to people.

He added: “We have been fundraising for Home-Start recently.

“We are donating tickets to residents of Home-Start and their families.”

The circus is also visiting school assemblies.

Next week Daniel is going back to his old school, Chase Lane Primary School, in Dovercourt, for the first time after many years.

For more on show times and to book tickets, visit circuspetite.co.uk