WATCH: The day Billy Smart’s Circus visited the navy in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth City Council’s tightening of the laws governing circus use of animals is a far cry from the big top of old.

Now only horses and dogs may be used in performances.

But as this archive British Pathe video from 1967 show, it wasn’t always the case.

Elephants were among the stars as Billy Smart’s circus performed on HMS Albion in Portsmouth Naval Base.