Today’s Clown-Related News
According to The Guardian, British clowns fear their good name has been tarnished after reported incidents of pseudo-clowns scaring members of the public.
The copycat craze was started by the Northampton Clown and involves people dressed as clowns frightening passers-by in public places. Police have issued warnings after sightings and now details released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed the extent of the trend.
These include reports to Derbyshire police of a clown carrying a knife and a South Yorkshire clown staring through the windows of people’s homes. There have been around 30 clown-related incidents so far, but no-one has done anything silly.
Tony Eldridge, secretary of Clowns International which represents the entertainers in Britain, said the situation had escalated beyond harmless fun. Eldridge, whose clown name is Bluebottle, said: “This is doing clowning no favours and is harming society.’ I have a feeling people won’t take him seriously.
In other clown-related news, it will soon be time for the annual Grimaldi Service, where the nation’s clowns gather to pay homage to Britain’s greatest clown Joseph Grimaldi, who died in 1837 (see columns passim for news of his musical grave). The Holy Trinity Church in Dalston will once more host the service at 3pm on February 2nd 2014. Expect whoopee cushions on pews.
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