Circus Sydney left without water in Newry

Monday, June 7th, 2010


A touring circus with more than 50 people and 40 animals has been unable to access water for more than 24 hours at a site in Newry.

Circus Sydney arrived at St Christopher’s Park on Monday and is due to open on Wednesday night.

The employees, including their children, are from countries across Eastern Europe, and the animals include horses, llamas and emus, but no caged or exotic animals.

The circus say the council referred them to Northern Ireland Water but they have not yet been able to resolve the situation.

Billy Wilson from the circus says it is a very difficult situation:

“What we’re trying to do is to buy bottled water for the children.

“But we can’t do that for animals and the water from Newry canal is too polluted, with dead fish floating in it so we don’t feel that’s safe to give to the animals.

“We are in an emergency situation.”

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