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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.

Arthur, who was once a stooge 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, and the celebrated Cirque Medrano in Paris, where for three weeks in the 1950s he worked with Buster Keaton.

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HOUSE OF FUN: Arthur Vercoe Pedlar surrounded by models of his heroes
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2002
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