Families saddened by the death of Nell Gifford are now planning their visits to Giffords Circus in 2020, when the tour will be a celebration of the circus co-founder’s life.

Mother-of-two Ms Gifford, who grew up in Oxford, died on Sunday, following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 46.

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Giffords Circus, which tours Oxfordshire the Cotswolds and surroundings areas, will be in its 20th year next year.

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Circus colleagues have promised to make it a special year in tribute to Ms Gifford with a show called The Hooley.

Giffords Circus said earlier: "In 2020 we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Circus. Nell wanted it to be the showstopper and it will be just that.

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"Next year’s production, The Hooley will celebrate the first 20 years, the next 20 years and Nell’s incredible life.

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"Nell built a circus to last. It is poised to grow and fulfill Nell’s plans for the future."