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Caroline Lawrence joins the Colchester circus appeal

4th February 2010

A bestselling children's writer has joined a campaign to save Colchester's Roman circus.

Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries historical fiction series, has lent her support to the Colchester Roman Circus Appeal to protect the site, which is the only known Roman chariot racing circuit in Britain, from developers.

The writer, whose books include The Enemies of Jupiter and The Pirates of Pompeii, will present a special event at Colchester Arts Centre on February 19th where she will describe the sights, sounds and emotions of a Roman chariot race.

'Colchester's circus is a real national treasure and well worth saving for the thousands of schoolchildren and their parents who love learning about Britain's Roman heritage,' she commented.

Lawrence also said that one of the 'delights' of writing her series was researching the world of ancient Rome and claimed it would be a shame if this link to the past is lost.

Last month, a fundraising event for the Colchester Roman Circus Appeal raised GBP 10,000, not including gift aid additions and promises of donations for the future.

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