CLOWNING around was the order of the night at a charity’s annual Christmas ball.
The Rainbow Centre ditched traditional black ties in favour of clown suits at their circus-themed fancy dress ball which raised nearly £4,000.
Guests were greeted by a fire-juggling stiltwalker before enjoying an evening of traditional circus-themed entertainment including plate spinning, balloon modelling and knife throwing.
Some of the more daring guests opted to have knives thrown at them.
Jo White, fundraiser, said: ‘I was amazed at the number of people who were queuing up to have knives thrown at them. Some guests were volunteering their friends in exchange for a donation.’
The best fancy dress prize went to Sam Hard, of Fareham, who came as a unicycling, juggling monkey.
Helen Somerset How, co-founder of the Rainbow Centre, said: ‘We try to create a party atmosphere at our annual ball and have some fun. This year was great. The winner of the fancy dress competition had a really fantastic costume.’