Our Performers:

Erika Pinder
From Hungary trained and graduated from the Hungarian State circus School. She can perform many circus acts in fact she was presented with an award by the Circus Friends Association for the best aeriel act in the UK. Erika also deals with the many tasks behind the scenes, you may see her in the box office, serving refreshments and performing in the ring.

Eddy Pinder
Is from the oldest circus family in the UK. The first Pinder’s circus started in 1850 although a Pinder's member married Thomas Ord in 1812 who already had a circus. Pinder's circus was asked on many occasions to present the show at the royal household at Balmoral Castle and still have the letters of appreciation from the Queen in their archives.

Eddy, an all rounder, performs as a clown with his wife Erika with their comedy car, plenty of bangs and noise in that routine, and their noted and original decoration routine slapstick soap, water and fun all the way.

Mike Lea
Your ringmaster and host at each show guides you through the performance introducing each act and creating a unique atmosphere for you to enjoy. Mr Mike is a member of the Friend of the Grand Order of Water Rats an organisation full of celebrities and stars who raise huge amounts for charity. He is also an accomplished master magician who has appeared on television many times, toured with numerous shows and spent many years with Billy Smart's Circus.

MIKE LEA PRESENTS

Welcome to Pinders Circus a Dazzling Family Circus Show - Pinder’s Circus is on tour from March 2014.

The roots of Pinders circus go back to 1784 with the birth of Thomas Ord the son of the reverend Selby Ord. Young Thomas ran away from home aged around 14 and joined the circus. 200 years ago by 1812 he had started his own circus he soon became a house hold name all over Scotland and the north of England. Ords equestrian arena became the most famous circus of the early part of the 19th century.

After Thomas Ord died in 1859 his daughter Selina Ord carried on with the circus, in 1861 Selina married Edwin Pinder whose uncles, George and William Pinder had founded Pinders circus in 1854. Edwin left his uncles and he and Selina continued with Ord Pinders circus in Scotland.

Edwins uncles went to Europe with Pinders circus and became Frances most famous circus where it remains to this day in name only as no members of the Pinder family are involved. Pinders circus in Scotland also became famous including 3 command performances for Queen Victoria at Balmoral castle in 1877-1892-and 1898.

Edwin and Selina had 1 daughter and 4 sons to carry on the circus the eldest son William also had 4 sons one of whom was George who married Eileen Connor daughter of F.J Connor owner of Connors grand circus on the Isle of Man.

In 1967 there son George Pinder married Christine Fossett of the world famous Fossett circus and it is there son Eddy along with his wife and there son Edward who is 11 and there business partner Mike Lea who run this present day Pinders circus 200 years after it all started with a young boy running off to join the circus.

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