Mersey man is new ring master of world's clowns.
SOUTHPORT'S Arthur Pedlar has made a career out of clowning around.
Now he has received the ultimade accolade - by being named the first nonAmerican president elect of the World Clown Association.
Next year he will be presiding over more than 3,000 clowns worldwide.
On September 21 Arthur will also celebrate his 70th birthday with a grand party for clowns at the Southport Arts Centre An art center or arts centre is distinct from an art gallery or art museum. An arts centre is a functional community centre with a specific remit to encourage arts practice and to provide facilities such as theatre space, gallery space, venues for musical performance, .
Arthur, who was once a stooge stooge
1. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian; a straight man.
2. One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage; a puppet.
3. Slang A stool pigeon. to silent movie star Buster Keaton, wanted to become a clown from the day his parents Vyvian andMargaret took him to see the Bertram Mills Circus in Southport when he was six years old.
When performing he used his middle name of Vercoe with the unicycle central to his act.
It gained him a reputation as one of the world's leading clowns, appearing in the US, the USSR USSR: see Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. , and the celebrated Cirque Medrano in Paris, where for three weeks in the 1950s he worked with Buster Keaton.
HOUSE OF FUN: Arthur Vercoe Pedlar surrounded by models of his heroes