At Ascot winter quarters, Nov. 26, trainers and animals of the Bertram Mills Circus were busy with preparations for the forthcoming Christmas show at Olympia, London.
GV. Horses, ponies, zebras in ring with trainer, T. Gindel
TOP V. DITTO
TV. Stop in centre of ring
SIDE V. Giving horse sugar
CU. Girl watches
LV. Dogs on boxes with trainer, Phylis Salan
SV. Dog skipping
SV. Marina, poodle hops round
CU. Marina begs
SV. Dogs following in line
SV. People watch
CU. Elephants turning
CU. Man watching
CU. Girl watches
LV. Elephant spinning
LV. Clown making up
LV. Men polishing lanterns
SV. Ringmaster Tony Yelding puts on topper
LV. Elephant in Land-Rover
SV. PAN..animals trot past
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Background: At Ascot winter quarters, Nov. 26, trainers and animals of the Bertram Mills Circus were busy with preparations for the forthcoming Christmas show at Olympia, London.
A last grooming for the zebras, and off they go to join horses and ponies in a spectacular act, while poodle Marina, sporting a kilt, walks daintily around the ringside.
The lanterns of the gala coach are getting their last polish in the saddle-room, and ringmaster Tony Yelding, watched by billy the clown, tries on his elegant top hat.
Elephant Lakshmi has recently passed her driving test. Proudly she sits down in a Land-Rover, manipulating the steering wheel with her trunk. A sceptical llama, looking on quietly, has its doubts about what would happen if Lakshmi decided to take the road.
Training is rigorous, and much skill and patience go into it for a long time, until the day when thousands of jubilant children make the circus people feel that once again it has been well worth the trouble.