THE Big Top at Peter Jolly’s Circus in Redcar was the venue for the baptism last Sunday of the ringmaster’s six-week-old daughter, Daisy May. Her family was following circus tradition, and the Vicar of New Marske, Redcar, the Revd Rachel Harrison, said that she had been excited to take the service.
The audience gathering for the 2p.m. show was able to witness the baptism, including children who knew Mrs Harrison, and were intrigued to see her in the ring. “Every baptism is special, but this was just a very special occasion altogether,” she said on Wednesday.
She had been invited to take the service when she called on the circus families early last week. “The godparents were taking this very seriously, as were the parents,” she said. Despite llamas, ponies, and showpeople in the ring, there was “no larking about and no gimmicks — a happy occasion, but not so informal that it wasn’t proper”.
Mrs Harrison carried Daisy May round the circus ring, to huge applause, after the baptism. “I felt like a performer myself,” she said. When she and her husband had been to the show on the previous Friday evening, they had been drenched by the antics of the clown. She took her revenge after the service was over. Armed with a water pistol, she sought out the clown and told him: “I’ve got some unfinished business with you. . .”