No more clowning around as Hippodrome Circus bans clowns

Peter Jay with his son Jack Jay at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth. December 2014. Picture:

Peter Jay with his son Jack Jay at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth. December 2014. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Clowns have been banned from a popular circus after a spate of pranksters dressing up as clowns has caused alarm across the region.

Clowns used to be a regular sight at the Hippodrome Circus. Photo: Library

Clowns used to be a regular sight at the Hippodrome Circus. Photo: Library

The Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth has banned clowns from performing and even entering its renowned indoor circus.

Hippodrome owner Peter Jay said: 'The current outrage of clown attacks has only justified this ban which has existed for quite a few years.

'The show has gone from strength to strength without unfunny and quite frankly scary clowns, so the only place you will see them is in our museum backstage.'

In the past clowns regularly performed at the circus, but the Hippodrome's resident comedy duo Jack Jay and Johnny Mac do not use clown style make-up.

Mr Jay added: 'I expect there will be uproar in the business about this but we are only following a non-clown policy we had for many years and the current craze for scary clowns has only strengthened our response not to ever use them again.

'I apologise to my many friends who wear the make-up but times have moved on and the audience love comedy, our new style with no scary makeup.'

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