What an amazing sight ! This is just part of the procession of Sanger’s circus animals and performers bringing more than a touch of the exotic to Colne’s main street in about 1903. (the newspaper poster in the bottom right hand corner talks of “Coronation Protests” – Edward VII? – and “Old Age Pension Debate”). I’m not surprised so many school log books for her period have entries like “Attendance poor, circus in town” – who could resist this spectacle ?
Look at the lads at the top windows across the street – these buildings have all gone now, but Tom Wilson’s opposite is still there. All the spectators’ heads are covered and among all the flat caps and shawls you can see the old bowler or boater.