Baby Luke already star of the circus

Roll up! Roll up! The latest star attraction at a Norfolk circus is not graceful trapeze artists, a clever dog or chaotic clowns - but a bonny five-month-old baby who seems destined for the big top.

Roll up! Roll up! The latest star attraction at a Norfolk circus is not graceful trapeze artists, a clever dog or chaotic clowns - but a bonny five-month-old baby who seems destined for the big top.

Luke Austin is probably the envy of every child in the county because he will spend his formative years in the friendly, funny and slightly weird world of the Norfolk-based Circus Ginnett.

And to make youngsters even more jealous, his father trains Sam the wonder dog and Tricky the genius Welsh pony and his mother is a high- flying trapeze artist.

But crowds visiting the circus's latest performances at Beeston Regis, near Sheringham, seem more interested in Luke than his extended circus family.

His mother, Liza Austin, who was back performing her act just six weeks after giving birth, said: "Everyone just seems to make a huge fuss over Luke when they see him in his pram."

Luke, the eighth generation of the Ginnett family to belong to the circus, has certainly followed in his father's footsteps because the dog and horse trainer was also born in the surrounds of the big top.

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Patrick Austin said: "I know just what great fun Luke will have growing up in a circus and he will have a fantastic education here."

In fact, Luke seems to be already getting into the circus spirit as his mother joked that he was already doing splits.

Circus Ginnett, which is based near King's Lynn, was formed in the 1800s by French cavalry who were captured during the Napoleonic war by British troops. The circus closed in 2000 but it reopened this year after Mr and Mrs Austin relaunched it.

The circus runs at Beeston Regis until Sunday. Shows start at 3pm and 7pm today, with performances at 7pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are available on the night or by calling the box office on 07900 691088.

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