Gerry Cottle's Circus is back for the very last time with 50 Acts in 100 Minutes.

The circus legend gave up the big top eight years ago, but has brought it back to where it all began, in Weybridge.

Mr Cottle started out as a horse groom but ran away from his Weybridge home to set up the circus, which travelled the country for 42 years before he gave it all up.

But the lure of the big top proved too much and he has returned for a special 50th anniversary tour.

The Circus King himself Gerry Cottle said: “I am so pleased to be back home and show people the joy and magic of great Circus.

“For the same price as a cinema ticket I guarantee you will see some of the greatest acts from around the world, and witness incredible live entertainment at its very best.

“This is without a doubt my greatest show yet.”

The gang gathered for a photograph on Monday, May 21, ahead of their first performance.

See them in the flesh at Gerry Cottle’s Circus; Sopwith Drive; Weybridge; May 22 to May 27; Tuesday to Friday 5pm and 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm and 5pm; Seats from £10; 0845 8355050;