* UPDATE: The 2016 service will be held on Sunday 7 January
FOR THE first time the annual clown service in Hackney will include a performance in church.
Sunday 1 February 2015 is the date for this year’s commemoration of the father of clowning, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837). The Clowns International-run event attracts tourists and media teams from as far away as Japan and Australia.
With the help of a long campaign by Loving Dalston, Clowns International has saved the clown service from cancellation.
The Joeys, as Grimaldi’s successors like to call themselves, say the service will be a “light-hearted and merry affair, yet totally respectful”.
Hudson-Wilkin, who established herself as a media favourite to be the first woman bishop in the Church of England, was assigned to a small City church last autumn 2014. Not long after the Reverend Libby Lane was named as the church’s first woman bishop.
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* The 2015 clowns’ church service will be at All Saints, corner Haggerston and Livermere roads, Hackney E8 4EZ, on Sunday 1 Feb at 3pm. Free entry but donations are expected at church services.
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