King Pole No 215 Extra: Reco Bros Circus
by Malcolm Clay with Mark Twitchett

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ISBN Number: NA
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 39
Publication Date: December 2017
Publisher: The Circus Friends Association of Great Britain

For over 40 years Malcolm Clay had been gathering material for a book on the Fossett family and their various circuses. Over this period of time he had collected posters, programmes, photos, reviews and press cuttings as well as visiting and interviewing members of the extended Fossett family. But Malcolm also had many other interests. part from his work as a solicitor and his family he was also secretary of the Association of Circus Proprietors, the CFA archivist, a school governor and had other charitable and local interests. Sadly, Malcolm passed away in January 2015, before he had the opportunity to write the book he had so long researched.

However, he did write one chapter on the Leatherlands and Herbert and May Reco. Mark Twitchett had also been researching Reco Brothers' Circus and, knowing of his interest in the Reco story, Malcolm had asked his wife Nora to email his manuscript to Mark. This forms the basis of this book, with additional material by Mark Twitchett.

The book includes:

  • Herbert Wroe's early career
  • Reco & May variety acts
  • Blondini high wire act
  • Tenting with the Paulo's
  • Reco Bros Empire Circus
  • The Jeserich Circus
  • Reco & May with Bertram Mills Circus


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