THIS WEEK IN 1985: Clown convention takes over Bognor

The president of Clowns International, actor Ron Moody, gets a blast from Perzon, alias Dave McIntyre, of Glasgow
The president of Clowns International, actor Ron Moody, gets a blast from Perzon, alias Dave McIntyre, of Glasgow
The replaced toll gate after the original was shattered by the mare.''The replaced toll gate in 1915 after the original was leapt over by the runaway mare with the carriage she was pulling smashing it to pieces. Picture: Ralph Cousins.

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There were laughs galore to go with the baggy trousers, big boots and red noses as a parade of hundreds of clowns marched through the streets in a spectacular procession.

They infected crowds with good humour and provided a riot of colour in a spectacle dazzling enough to rival any street carnival in the world.

Young and old alike could be seen sporting red noses.

The parade was the first event in a packed programme at Bognor which included several gala clown shows, a special clowns’ mini-circus, video film shows, workshops and lessons in clown make-up and costume.