Pinder comes from one of the oldest families in the circus. Its youngest members, sisters Carol Macmanus and Gracie Timmis run one of the last traditional big top shows still travelling with animals, Circus Mondao.
The following pictures from George’s personal archive provide a trip back in time to when his great-great-grandfather Thomas Ord, a Scottish minister’s son, ran away with a travelling show and went onto to become an equestrian star 200 years ago.
Royal Continental Circus poster, 1926.
Inside the Pinders big top in the 1930s.
The circus in the 1890s.
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|Grand Continental Circus with Pinder and Sons, Dundee, 1926|