A CIRCUS performer is currently recovering in hospital after a fall during the opening night in Salisbury.

This week Circus Zyair pitched up on Hudson's Field to entertain families for five nights with tricks, stunts and magic.

During its opening show last night (Wednesday, May 18) however, an aerial performer fell.

An air ambulance and ambulance went to the scene, at around 8.30pm, and the artist was taken to Salisbury District Hospital.

Describing the aerial performer as "highly experienced", a circus spokesperson said: "We can confirm that one of our aerial performers fell during last night's performance in Salisbury. 

"She loves her job and has been a valued member of the Circus Zyair family since 2015."

They added: "She is currently recovering in hospital and will be discharged later today (May 19). 

"We would like to thank the medical staff that quickly attended the site, hospital staff who are taking amazing care of her, as well as the audience attending Wednesday's performance for their patience and understanding."

The remaining shows in Salisbury will be going ahead as planned. 

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were called at 8.17pm on Wednesday, May 18, to an incident in Salisbury.

"We sent an air ambulance and a double-crewed land ambulance and conveyed one patient by land ambulance to Salisbury District Hospital."

With Wiltshire Council investigating what happened, Councillor Ian Blair-Pilling, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Our Public Protection team was made aware of this incident the following morning and a site visit was carried out.

"As there is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to make any further comments at this stage.”