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Dalston Was Full Of Clowns Today

They gathered at Holy Trinity Church for the annual Grimaldi memorial.

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At 3pm today, Holy Trinity Church in Dalston was full of clowns.

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They were there, for the 68th year, to pay tribute to entertainer Joseph Grimaldi.

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Joseph, who died in 1837, invented the modern clown.

And so, once a year, clowns from across the country attend a service in his honour, wearing full costume.

They sing.

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They do magic tricks.

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And, most importantly, they laugh.

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A lot.

And once the service is over, everyone lights a candle in memory of the clowns who have passed away in the last 12 months.

Yeah. This is happening. @BangerJonny's brought me to a church service for clowns #GrimaldiMemorial

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Yeah. This is happening. @BangerJonny's brought me to a church service for clowns #GrimaldiMemorial

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And then there's a children's show.

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Best. Day. Ever.