Clowning around continues at convention in Lowestoft
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Make-up techniques have been discussed and slapstick humour has been showcased as a popular clown convention has returned to town.
Clowns from across the country are back in Lowestoft for the third annual Clown Gathering UK (CGUK) convention.
After catching up with fellow clowns and posing for pictures on Lowestoft seafront, the clown convention is in full swing.
For the second day of the convention today, there has lectures and workshops entitled circus skills - the business, props for pennies and balloons.
There was also a slideshow and presentation from Arthur 'Vercoe' Pedlar, 85, who is a member of the International Clown Hall of Fame.
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Arthur 'Vercoe' Pedlar said: 'I have been doing my hobby for 67 years now. It has taken me around the world and this week in Lowestoft is important as is about meeting fellow spirits.'
Andrew Davis, more commonly known as Andy the Clown, has organised the event once more. He said: 'Arthur is like clown royalty. This week is a fantastic event full of performances, lectures and workshops. We have all the old faces from last year and some new faces have come along this year.
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'It would be great to see the local community at our performances. The Seagull Theatre needs everyone's support with the Raise the Roof campaign and anything we can do to help them get this new roof will be fantastic.'
Full of quips and slapstick antics, there were cries of 'welcome to sunny Lowestoft' along with renditions of 'oh I do like to be beside the seaside' and 'you are my sunshine' as the clowns posed for photos on the promenade as the bracing north sea winds and rain hit town.
McB the clown, on his first visit to the convention, said: 'I am looking forward to learning new things at the workshops and meeting up with like-minded people.'
Lectures and workshops continue at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield tomorrow and Thursday, with two live performances – entitled A Variety of Clown Comedy – taking place tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday from 7.30pm at the Seagull Theatre. Tickets are available via 01502 589726.