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New Long Live Giffords Circus Mug

We are very excited to introduce a very special one-off Giffords Circus mug.

The new ‘Long Live Giffords Circus’ mug has been produced in a collaboration between Giffords Circus and Emma Bridgewater, Nell’s sister and mum of Lil Rice, in loving memory of Nell whose courage and energy is a constant inspiration for those who were lucky enough to know her.

We spoke to Lil Rice, Producer and star of Giffords Circus’s The Hooley and her mum, Emma Bridgewater, Founder and Creative Director of Emma Bridgewater about their fond memories of growing up with Nell in this short film to celebrate the new mug being produced.

The mug has been decorated with a beautiful lithographic print, designed in-house by Joe Avery in collaboration with Emma Bridgewater, encapsulating the spirit of Giffords Circus, as we navigated the early days without Nell and through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The slogan ‘Long Live Giffords Circus’ was initially used casually as we wrote to friends and supporters during lockdown and it quickly became our battle cry as we were determined to “Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.” The famous David Niven quote that Nell would recite and write on her circus art in various guises, along with “be brave” – her mantra and one we hold close to our hearts.

We would like to thank all our wonderful friends and family at Emma Bridgewater for their love and support as always.

Long Live Giffords Circus!