Big Top dream comes true for Hunstanton school pupil

Tommy Rollason, 11, left, with Wallison the Clown at Circus Mondao ANL-150225-181231001
Tommy Rollason, 11, left, with Wallison the Clown at Circus Mondao ANL-150225-181231001
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An aspiring clown who has always wanted to join the circus will tomorrow see his dream to perform under the Big Top come true in Lynn.

Tommy Rollason, 11, who attends Smithdon High School in Hunstanton will join Wallison the Clown, from Brazil, performing in selected shows in the Big Top at Knights Hill alongside acrobats, aerial artistes, zebras, camels, horses and acts from the Rumanian and Moldovian State Circuses.

Tommy, from Heacham, will be performing a clown routine the details of which are being kept a closely guarded secret.

Ringmistress Petra Jackson who has spent 22 years performing in circuses said: “Young Tommy came to see us when we were here last year and he was very keen to perform then but I told him to go home, practice his act, and come back again this year.

“To be honest a lot of youngsters ask if they can join us and most we never see again, but Tommy did exactly what I’d told him and I’m very excited to have him in the show this year.”

“He’ll be joining 20 professionals in the ring in our tenth anniversary year here at King’s Lynn working with our new Clown Wallison who joins us after working in an Egyptian circus.

“I can’t say too much, but I know the audience will love their performance.”

Tommy’s clown name is Rollo Junior and he is following in his father’s footsteps.

Dad Sean joined the circus at just 16 years old and spent two very happy years performing in the Big Top.

He said: “The circus isn’t for everybody, but there’s mystery and excitement that you don’t find anywhere else.

“Tommy really wants this and I’m absolutely thrilled for him.”

You can see Tommy perform tomorrow at 2pm and 5pm. Sunday, March 1, 2pm and 5pm, Saturday, March 7, 2pm and 5pm.