Pie-in-the-face stunts for Tweedy the clown

clowning around: students Jasmine Samuel, ten (left) and Emily Kimber, 11 (right) with (l-r in centre) ringmaster Damian Jay and Tweedy the Clown of Zippo Circus at The Groundlings Theatre Company.

clowning around: students Jasmine Samuel, ten (left) and Emily Kimber, 11 (right) with (l-r in centre) ringmaster Damian Jay and Tweedy the Clown of Zippo Circus at The Groundlings Theatre Company.

Supervisor Emily Moore, left, and deputy supervisor Becky Lansley, back right, with children from Hambledon Pre-School getting ready for their Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children

Tots are getting ready to splash in muddy puddles

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SCHOOLCHILDREN were clowning around when they spent the day learning tricks at a circus skills workshop.

About a dozen eight to 12- year-olds learnt the tricks of the trade courtesy of Tweedy the Clown from Zippos Circus at the Groundlings Theatre Company.

Boys and girls were taught a variety of tricks and took part in a competition to get four plates spinning – with the loser being punished with a pie in the face.

Jasmine Samuel, 10, had a lucky escape. She said: ‘I really enjoyed the day and tried my best to win so I wouldn’t get pied.

‘It was such good fun and I screamed with joy when I won.’

Her less fortunate opponent Emily Kimber, 11, was pied but took out her revenge on ringmaster Damian Jay by throwing a pie in his face too.

Sandra Smith, promotions manager at the Kings Theatre, who organised the event, said: ‘It was an incredibly enjoyable day and everyone couldn’t stop laughing.

‘The children learnt lots of clever tricks.’

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