Anger as circus leaves public field in a mess

Residents living nearing a popular open space fear it may never be the same again after it was churned up by a circus.

Planet Circus spent nearly a week on Beaconsfield, in Tynemouth.

Beaconsfield after the circus left. GM039821

Beaconsfield after the circus left. GM039821

But nearby residents could only look on in shock at the state they left the field, which is popular with families and dog walkers.

Heavy rain over the weekend resulted in circus vehicles getting stuck, churning up the field as they were pulled free.

At one point, a large lorry had to be pulled free by three tractors.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “We are shocked at how they have left Beaconsfield. I don’t know if it will ever be the same again.”

A North Tyneside Council spokesperson said: “Beaconsfield has been used as a location for numerous visiting circuses over the last ten years, attracting thousands of families to the coast.

“Planet Circus proved to be extremely popular and the circus has received a huge amount of praise.

“Unfortunately, on this occasion, bad weather coinciding with the arrival and departure of the circus has led to temporary ground damage on Beaconsfield.

“The council will carry out repairs to the ground when weather conditions allow.”

“Planet Circus provided a bond in the event of ground reinstatement being required and has been extremely helpful in offering to assist the council with repairs.”