Norman BARRETT (1935-)

Norman Barrett
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Norman Barrett, circus ringmaster, was surprised by Michael Aspel at the Blackpool Tower Circus.


Norman worked for such prestigious names as the Roberts Brothers Circus and the Bertram Mills Circus. He trained and presented animals, and spent time as a juggler and a clown.


In 1966 he began his long association as ringmaster with the Blackpool Tower Circus. His 25 years at the venue, along with his various television appearances, earned him international exposure, and he become the most loved and best known circus personality in Great Britain — regarded as "The World’s Greatest Ringmaster".


“They've had me going all day!”

Norman Barrett recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in April 2012

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 787
  • Subject No: 776
  • Broadcast date: Wed 31 Oct 1990
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Fri 5 Oct 1990
  • Venue: Tower Circus, Blackpool
  • Series: 31
  • Edition: 3
  • Code Name: Tower

on the guest list...

  • Peter Jay
  • Christine Jay
  • Sally - wife
  • Guy - son
  • Michael Austin
  • Joan Rosaire
  • Jim Clubb
  • Mary Chipperfield
  • Roger Cawley
  • Gerry Cottle
  • Bobby Roberts Snr
  • Kitty Roberts
  • Bobby Roberts Jnr
  • Frank Foster
  • Regana Foster
  • Derek Burrell-Davies
  • Mary Burrell-Davies
  • Nevile Denton
  • Charlie Cairoli Jnr
  • Bernie Clifton
  • Johnny Yong
  • Walter Yong
  • Cyril Bertram Mills
  • Mimi Mills
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Luis Palacio
  • Ken Dodd
  • Ronn Lucas & Scorch

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production team...

  • Researcher: Mandy Nixon
  • Writer: Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Brian Klein, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • Associate Producer: John Graham
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 31 subjects: Lord Brabourne > Graham Gooch > Norman Barrett > Richard Harris > Tracy Edwards > Stephen Hendry > Robert Pountney > Jimmy Savile > Evelyn Laye > Ernie Wise > Kenneth Mckellar > Tom Gleave > Bernard Braden > Barry Foster > Carmen Silvera > Arthur Hailey > Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent > The Bee Gees > John Woodhouse > Evelyn Glennie > David Tomlinson > Dave Willetts > Harry Carpenter > Lionel Bart > Stan Richards > Lonnie Donegan