Performers honour king of clowns


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The Independent Online

Clowns from all over the world were welcomed yesterday at the annual memorial for Joseph Grimaldi, the man credited as the founding father of the modern white-faced clown.

Dozens of performers attended the service at Holy Trinity Church, Dalston, East London, in memory of the English comic. Grimaldi, who died in 1837, was considered to be the greatest pantomime clown of his age.