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    Dalston Was Full Of Clowns Today

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

    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.

    So. Much. Fun #GrimaldiMemorial #clown #bobby #dalston

    Becky Whitman@becky_whit

    So. Much. Fun #GrimaldiMemorial #clown #bobby #dalston

    03:18 PM - 2 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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

    Becky Whitman@becky_whit

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

    03:09 PM - 2 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And then there's a children's show.

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    Best. Day. Ever.

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