Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Roll Up, Roll Up! Circus Invites Special Needs Group to a Free Show

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Roll Up, Roll Up! Circus Invites Special Needs Group to a Free Show

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Byline: Sarah Scott

A GROUP of North East people with special needs have been given an invite to the circus.

More than 100 people with a variety of special needs from across the region were enjoying the delights of Zippos Circus in Dalton Park, Country Durham, today.

The trip has been organised by Rotarian Neil McOnie from the Washington Rotary Club.

Neil, who is the club's community services chairman, contacted the circus to see if they could accommodate a group of people with special needs from the North East.

"I saw Zippos being advertised and contacted them and told them I was from the Rotary Club and asked if they could give us any complimentary tickets.

"They said they would be prepared to give us 200 tickets or 80 wheelchair positions but the places had to be for people with special needs who would not normally be able to get to the circus," said Neil.

In total 190 people were seeing the circus today thanks to Washington Rotary Club, with more than 100 local people with special needs from 12 different centres along with their carers. …

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