Plate shortage could see popular Mablethorpe circus act go smash

Lizzy Springthorpe and clown Alex Morley of Russell's Circus in Mablethorpe.
Lizzy Springthorpe and clown Alex Morley of Russell's Circus in Mablethorpe.

THE FUNNYMEN of Mablethorpe’s Russells Circus may soon have nothing to laugh about if a plate shortage puts pay to one of their most popular acts.

The show’s principle clown, Alex Morley, is rapidly running out of plates for his act and is hoping members of the public can help.

During each show Alex smashes around ten plates, but at present there are only enough left for one more week.

“We used to get our plates from charity shops, bric a brac stalls and car boot sales, but they are now very hard to come by, often costing too much to make it cost effective to perform the routine,” Alex said.

So the circus are appealing for people to hand in their old china dinner plates to the circus next to the Beck, in return for £1 off the price of a ticket price for every plate donated.

Alex added: “We will be very grateful to anybody that can donate us some plates so we can keep our good old English clowning tradition alive.”

ABOVE: Lizzy Springthorpe and clown Alex Morley 
of Russell’s Circus in 
Mablethorpe. 
Photo: Trevor Bradford