Two years ago, stern faced councillors in Aberdeenshire banned lions, tigers and anything else with tails or flippers from performing for punters on land owned by the authority. They even frowned upon goldfish as prizes.
"It's a pretty dull place for bairns, this," protested Sydney Mair, the SNP man in Macduff, as he accepted the decision.
Goldfish, lions and tigers have had the last laugh. Thanks to Gerry Cottle of circus fame and the Court of Session in Edinburgh, the decision was reversed at last week's education, leisure and recreation committee. All applications will be treated on merit. Blanket bans are out.
The delighted kids' and goldfish champion said this week: "The hail world seems to be run by people interfering in things that have gone on for years. They should have taken my advice in the first place." Take a note.