Did You Know?

The first modern Circus staged in London was Philip Astley on January 9 1768.

It consisted of Trick riders, acrobats, clowns and trained animals. Astley was a former cavalry sergeant major and he discovered that if he galloped in a tight circle, centrifugal force allowed him to perform incredible feats on a horse’s back. On January 9, 1768 he drew up a ring and invited the public to see him wave his sword in the air while he rode with one foot on the saddle and one on the horse’s head.

Gypsies and Irish Travellers are recognised as ethnic groups under the  Race Relations Act (1976). They are  identified as having a shared culture, language and beliefs.

Roma are recorded in Greece and Turkey around 1000AD and in Scotland in 1505.

‘Gypsy’ is thought to have originally come from the word Egyptian.

Irish Travellers have been known as a distinct group since 400AD.

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