Circus acts to prevent repeat of clown controversy

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John Lawson’s Circus says it has worked closely with the town council to avoid a repeat of last year’s clown controversy in Leighton Buzzard.

The circus is setting up its big top ahead of a three-day run of shows in Parsons Close Recreation Ground which begins on Monday (October 13).

Last year, the circus had to remove advertising posters because of a complaint from a woman who suffered from coulrophobia, an extreme or irrational fear of clowns. She claimed she could not “walk or drive past” the John Lawson’s Circus banner.

But Mr Lawson told the LBO, the incident has not had a significant impact on advertising for this year’s event, although they had kept advertising to a minimum in the area near to where last year’s complainant lives.

He said: “We will be putting up posters to advertise the circus, we do not want to upset anyone though, that was never our intention. We have been advertising and performing our circus in Leighton Buzzard for over ten years and last year was the first time something like that had happened.

“We have been working with the council who have been very helpful and we have been advised on where to keep advertising posters quieter, we do not want to upset or offend anyone but we are business and we have to promote the circus.”

A council spokesman said: “We have worked with John Lawson who during the process of siting his advertising posters has made a slight adjustment to the siting of one particular poster.

“We welcome the arrival of the circus and hope residents enjoy their visit.”

The circus is celebrating its 40th anniversary and will be in Leighton until Wednesday, October 15.

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