Circus tent gets water pistol blessing before heading to North Devon.

Father Robert Harris, priest in charge of Ilfracombe, performed an important task when he took some of his choristers to see the circus in Bude.

Kenny and Kathryn Darnell, owners of Paulos Circus, invited Fr Robert to bless their new Big Top and he obliged by spraying everyone with a giant water pistol instead sprinkling holy water.

Fr Robert has got to know everyone at the circus having taken choirboys from Holy Trinity Church to watch the shows whenever Paulos has been in the area. He was delighted to perform the ceremony.

This week, the circus moved on to Okehampton and it will be at Northam from next Wednesday until the following Sunday.