|BC018C||The Great Circus Parade set of stamps, on our Bath Postal Museum cover, unsigned||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BC018A||The Great Circus Parade, unsigned||£60.00||Limited Availability|
|BC018B||The Great Circus Parade, signed by Ronnie Corbett||£75.00||Limited Availability|
|BC018I||The Great Circus Parade, double signed by Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker||£175.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 09/04/2002
Issue Name: The Great Circus Parade
Producer: Buckingham Covers
It is all fun in our Circus with this lovely circus cover which features the 5 circus stamps and a Westminster, London postmark. We were delighted that comic giant, Ronnie Corbett agreed to sign for us. We even managed to get some double signed by the Two Ronnies - Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker.
The modern circus was developed in England by Philip Astley, once a Sergeant Major in Colonel Eliott's Fifteenth Light Dragoon Regiment. He was an outstanding rider and trainer and when he left the army, Astley settled in London and opened a riding school near Westminster Bridge, where he taught in the morning and performed his 'feats of horsemanship' in the afternoon. Trick riding was a very popular spectacle in London's pleasure gardens. So that everybody could see what was going on, the shows took place in a circular arena. Astley copied this at the establishment. He called it his circus, and later it became known as the ring. It was the ideal shape for riding the as the centrifugal force helped riders to keep their balance while they stood on the back of their galloping horses. Astley's original ring was about 62 feet in diameter. He eventually settled the diameter at 42 feet, which has since become the international standard for all circus rings.
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Ronnie Corbett CBE was a Scottish stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and broadcaster, best known for his long association with Ronnie Barker in the BBC television comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies.
Ronald William George Barker, OBE was an English actor, comedian and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies, and Open All Hours. Barker began acting in repertory theatre and decided he was best suited to comic roles.