‘He was someone who loved Torbay. Covid has taken another great star.’
People from across South Devon have paid tribute to Gerry Cottle, the man who brought seaside circus to the English Riviera across five decades.
Showman Gerry Cottle – whose circus entertaining hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers and locals down the years – has died at the age of 75.
Mr Cottle died in hospital in Bath after contracting coronavirus.
He first found fame during the 1970s with the touring Gerry Cottle Circus, which hosted the BBC’s Seaside Special variety shows at Torre Abbey Meadows and Clennon Valley.
The Cottle circus tent on Torquay seafront hosted the first UK appearance of Swedish pop sensations Abba at the beginning of their career in 1975.
He also presented the Moscow State Circus and Chinese State Circus in Britain.
His agent Mark Borkowski said in a statement that “in a fraction of a second” the virus had “ripped” his life away.
Tributes have been paid across social media, among them messages from people who worked with Gerry Cottle on events such as Torbay’s Children’s Week festival…
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