At 13:00 today there is to be a high-wire walk from Penarth Esplanade to Penarth Pier – following successful rehearsals yesterday

A series of spectacular circus stunts will be performed on – and off – Penarth Esplanade today including an apic high-wire walk over the sea

The stunts are being performed by the “No-Fit-State” Circus who have set up a high-wire stretching all the way from the Esplanade to the end of Penarth Pier – out over the sea.

Walking in the air: High-wire walker Ellis Grover is framed by an iron railing as he walks over the sea towards the end of Penarth Pier  ( Photo Facebook contributor)

At 13:00 and 14:30 today (Saturday July 15th 2017)  Ellis Grover will be carrying out an epic high-wire walk from the foreshore to Penarth Pier.  Ellis has already been carrying otu rehearsals for today’s stunts – and completed the walk safely.

Made it! Tightrope walker Ellis Grover reaches the end of Penarth Pier – the hard way –  on a high-wire. (Photo by arrangement with Facebook contributor)

A female trapeze artist of the “No Fit State Circus” carrying our tests and rehearsals on Penarth Pier this morning

This morning, in overcast weather, riggers were at work on Penarth Pier erecting circus trapeze equipment for acrobats to entertain the crowds  and later in the day large crowds assembled on the pier to watch the acts.

A large crowd on Penarth Pier watching the acrobats perform their trapeze acts. (Photo Robert Pickford)

A parachute drop by the RAF Falcons team on Cliff Walk – due to take place this morning at 11:00 had to be cancelled because of low cloud  – but if it had happened this is what it would have looked like: –

The RAF Falcons display due to take place at 11:00 this morning was cancelled because of the weather – but this is what it would have looked like

The Falcons delivered an impromptu talk to visitors on the Esplanade instead.

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  1. Chris David says:

    Sure its not Tony Hazel on that high wire ? 🙂

  2. Pauline Godfrey says:

    Amazing feats but the spelling in the advertising is disgraceful

  3. Dan Potts says:

    I popped along with the family, the circus display today was amazing, but unfortunately I don’t think splitting the carnival over 3 days worked too well, but I guess these things have to be tried out. A big thank you to the council staff on the day, and to the volunteers like St John Ambulance who always turn up and give a professional service to the local community.

  4. mikeyorke says:

    A great weekend but better promotion within the town centre would certainly help bring in further visitors. I and others I spoke to didn’t see anything visual in the town or surrounding areas.

  5. Keith says:

    Total agreement with other views – Three days too long – no community feel about the whole weekend

  6. No Fit State! says:

    I thought that the construction on the pier was a large gallows for the Labour Councillors that have ruined our great town over the last few years!
    I’m sure many would many would pay to watch.

  7. 249ers says:

    In my opinion publicity for this event was sadly lacking, leading to smaller numbers and less atmosphere than previous years.
    The Brain’s Bridge poster was so difficult to read, it took us three ‘drive bys’ to discover the dates. I looked on the internet but found it near impossible to find any links to information regarding the events.
    I’m sure that if flyers had been available in local shops or schools the information would have got to a larger audience.

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