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Jay, Peter, Born 1944

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: Born 29 January 1944

Biography

Peter Jay born 29 January 1944 in Southgate, North London, is a musician and circus showman best known for being the owner of the iconic Great Yarmouth Hippodrome and forming sixties band Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, which toured with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Peter is the son of Jack Jay, who owned the Windmill Theatre as well as several cinemas and nightclubs in Great Yarmouth. In the late 1970s, father and son acquired the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome and restored it as a theatre and circus venue. They managed the Hippodrome together until Jack’s death in 1985, when Peter took sole ownership.

Peter also leased another iconic cirucs building in England int he 1980s, the Blackpool Tower, which he managed briefly.

Found in 26 Collections and/or Records:

All New Superdrome Circus Programme, 1996

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.331
Scope and Contents

Peter Jay presents the Big One Hundred Celebration. Colour photographs of ringmaster and performers on a pink background on the front cover, inside introduction, colour photographs of acts and performers with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 8p.p.

Dates: 1996

All New Superdrome Circus Programme, 1995

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.328
Scope and Contents

Peter Jay presents The Russian Fantasy. Colour illustration of man stood up on elephant's head with right fist raised on a black background on the front cover, inside introduction, colour photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 8p.p.

Dates: 1995

Blackpool Tower Circus Programmes, c1900 - 2009

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178K43.31-87
Scope and Contents

Blackpool Tower Circus programmes.

Dates: c1900 - 2009

Blackpool Tower, Peter Jay Presents International Circus Programme, 25 May - 3 November 1990

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.43
Scope and Contents

Colour illustration of circus acts including a clown's face on top right, the face of the ringmaster and elephants and horses on top left, a female aerialist in a red bikini on bottom left and a leopard and a panther's head on bottom right on front cover, inside black and white photographs of acts and performers with text, programme in the centre and commercial adverstising, 8p.p.

Dates: 25 May - 3 November 1990

Blackpool Tower, Peter Jay's International Circus Programme, 26 May - 4 November 1989

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.42
Scope and Contents

Colour illustration of circus acts including a clown's face on top left, a female aerialist in a red bikini below, three rearing horses and an elephant on bottom left, a clown's face on bottom centre, a tiger and lion's head on bottom right and a cycling act above on front cover, inside black and white photographs of acts and performers with text, programme in the centre and commercial adverstising, 8p.p.

Dates: 26 May - 4 November 1989

Blackpool Tower Poster, 1983

 Item
Reference code: 178R27.30
Scope and Contents

Peter Jay presents International Super Circus. Includes All Star Wrestling with Big Daddy. Colour photograph with clown illustration.

Dates: 1983

British Circuses Programmes, 1921 - 2018

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178K43.654
Scope and Contents Programmes for British circuses including Circus Fiesta, John Lawson's Circus, Gilberts Circus, Tom and Sheila Sandow, Tamara Coco's Circus, Blackpool Tower Circus, Bertram Mills, Billy Smart Circus, Peter Jay Superdrome Circus, Billy Russell's Circus, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Gerry Cottle's Circus, Jay Miller's Circus, Gandey's Circus, Monday Circus, Circus Hassani, Charles Weight's Empire Circus, Coleman Bros. Circus, Paulo's Circus, John Lester's Royal Midget Circus, Trevor's British...
Dates: 1921 - 2018

Circus Friends Association Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Cyril Critchlow Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0089
Scope and Contents The Cyril Critchlow collection contains programmes, posters, handbills, books and magic journals, many of which relate to shows in Blackpool where Cyril resided and includes material on entertainment venues such as Blackpool’s North Pier, Central Pier, South Pier, Tower Circus and a small collection of programmes from other national venues. Additionally, it contains circus photographs and postcards mainly of the Ohmy Circus and Sanger Circus including individual circus troupes and performers...
Dates: c1837 - 2008

Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus and Liverpool Stadium Programmes, c1900 - 2004

 Sub-Series
Reference code: 178K43.281-335
Scope and Contents

Great Yarmouth Hippodrome and Liverpool Stadium circus programmes including Billy Russell, Peter Jay, Jasmine Smart and Sally Chipperfield among others.

Dates: c1900 - 2004

Hippodrome Circus Great Yarmouth Programme, 1987

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.318
Scope and Contents

Presented by Peter Jay. Colour illustration of smiley clown's face on top left, Chinese acrobats and dragon, aerial act, woman seating on elephant's head, Bulgarian troupe of acrobats and fountain in centre on the front cover, inside introduction, black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 10p.p.

Dates: 1987

Hippodrome Super Circus Great Yarmouth Programme, 1985

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.319
Scope and Contents

Presented by Peter Jay. Colour illustration of smiley clown's face on top left, fountain on bottom left and wild animals and horse on bottom right, on the front cover, inside introduction, black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 8p.p.

Dates: 1985

International Circus Programme, 21 June - 9 September 1989

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.313
Scope and Contents

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 10th anniversary. Presented by Peter Jay. Colour illustration of smily clown face on top left, female aerial act in red bikini, white horses, elephant, lion, tiger and clowns' heads on the bottom and David Hibling wearing a red jacket and black top hat on his had on a blue background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 8p.p.

Dates: 21 June - 9 September 1989

International Circus Programme, 21 June - 9 September 1989

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.314
Scope and Contents

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 10th anniversary. Presented by Peter Jay. Colour illustration of smily clown face on top left, female aerial act in red bikini, white horses, elephant, lion, tiger and clowns' heads on the bottom and David Hibling wearing a red jacket and black top hat on his had on a blue background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 8p.p.

Dates: 21 June - 9 September 1989

International Festival of Circus Programme, 1983

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.312
Scope and Contents

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth. Presented by Peter Jay. Colour illustration of smily clown face on top left, trapeze act, two bicycle riders and lady seating on elephant's head on an orange background on the front cover, inside black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 10p.p.

Dates: 1983

International Super Circus Programme, 1982

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.310
Scope and Contents

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth. Presented by Jack and Peter Jay. Colour illustrations of circus acts including roaring tiger's face on top left, trapeze act, acrobatic troupe, elephants, horses, clowns, mermaides and ventriloquist with monkey doll on the front cover, inside introduction, black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 6p.p.

Dates: 1982

International Super Circus Programme, 1983

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.311
Scope and Contents

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, Presented by Peter Jay. Colour illustration of roaring tiger's face on bottom right, smily clown face on top left and water fountain on bottom left on a blue background on the front cover, inside introduction, black and white photographs of performers and acts with text, programme in the centre and commercial advertising, 6p.p.

Dates: 1983

Peter Jay's All New Circus and Water Spectacular Programme, 1999

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.326
Scope and Contents

Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth. Colour photograph of female in red, yellow and black swimming costume, clown's face and white horse over a blue background on the front cover, inside introduction, black and white and colour photographs of acts and performers with text and programme in the centre, 8p.p.

Dates: 1999

Peter Jay's All New Festival Circus Programme, 1995

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.329
Scope and Contents

London International Circus Festival. Folding programme with poster inside with colour and black and white photographs of acts and performers and text, and programme in the back.

Dates: 1995

Peter Jay's Circus Greatest Hists Programme, 2003

 Item
Reference code: 178K43.335
Scope and Contents

Celebrating 100 years 1903-2003, the Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth. Colour photograph of the Hippodrome on a black background with colour beams of light coming out of it on the top section on the front cover, inside introduction, colour photographs of acts and performers with text, programme in the centre, 8p.p.

Dates: 2003