Chilean contortionist Keira Valencia is the latest act to join Lennon Bros circus and will perform in Gympie tonight.
Chilean contortionist Keira Valencia is the latest act to join Lennon Bros circus and will perform in Gympie tonight. Renee Pilcher

New act under big top

CHILEAN contortionist Keira Valencia loves her work and her new Australian circus family.

Born into a circus family — her parents were flying trapeze artists and acrobats as well as clowns — Keira followed her sister down under for a job with Lennon Bros Circus.

The Lennon’s have been entertaining people around the country for 117 years with a variety of acts, always changing to reflect the times.

Head of the family Jay Lennon is a fifth generation in a long line of circus performers. “It’s in my blood, all the way through,” he told The Gympie Times during a break from preparing for tonight’s opening show.

“Unfortunately there’s not many of us carrying the Lennon name. We are trying to teach the younger generations... but they marry locals and (settle down).”

The lion tamer and ringmaster said he hoped the seventh generation would carry on the Lennon tradition but that the show would go on regardless.

He recently recruited circus performers from Chilli for new shows under the big top and added a fun act involving camels and donkeys.

In town until Sunday, Lennon Bros Circus has pitched its brand new big top at Lake Alfred and will present about 20 acts over two hours, featuring lions, trapeze, monkeys, alpacas and horses as well as clowns and a wheel of death.

Lennon Bros Circus is offering two family passes (two adults and two children) for the first two families to present this article at the ticket box tonight.

Gympie Times


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