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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Annual memorial to Grimaldi

Today the 65th annual memorial service to honour the British clown Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1835) is held. This memorial was originally held at St James where he is buried (above). The service moved to the Holy Trinity church in Dalston in 1959. Traditionally this date marked the beginning of the circus touring circuit.
So don't be surprised if you are overwhelmed by lots of clowns if you are in East London today.

8 comments:

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Surprisingly moving - with a definite sense of history.

Jenny Woolf said...

Isn't it the anniversary of Mr. Punch in London or something, too? or did I imagine it?

H said...

Clowning around in the snow. I'm sure Grimaldi would have approved.

jabblog said...

. . . which begs the question, 'Where do the clowns go when they're not clowning?'

Julie said...

Mo, you are most welcome to link this post about the Grimaldi memorial to my Taphophile Tragics meme tomorrow. It opens Monday 11am (GMT).

Caroline said...

and no doubt the start of a few more arty French or Scandinavian movies about him!

Jack said...

Once again, I learned something new from you today. Most interesting.

Babooshka said...

After a very long absence I return to blogland to find you are still blogging, and posting as interesting pics as before. I have a lot to catch up on. Good to see you are still here.

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