Nine-year-old Edward Pinder will be clowning around in Clowne when the circus comes to town for the first time in 40 years.
The 11th generation circus performer will study at Clowne Junior School on Thursday and Friday this week then swop poster paints for greasepaint to put on a clown’s face at night.
He’ll be wearing a clown’s costume which belonged to his great-grandfather George when he helps out his parents in the circus ring.
The Pinder slapstick clowns specialise in comedy car and decorating routines and are among a galaxy of international stars performing in the circus show.
TV magician Mike Lea, the ringmaster, will present Spanish Jugglers, Hungarian acrobats and Romanian acts, an illusion act and aerial spectaculars.
The Pinders Human Production Circus rolls up to Village Park, Recreation Close, Clowne, for performances on Thursday, June 28, at 6pm; Friday, June 29, at 4.45pm, Saturday, June 30, at 2pm and 5pm and Sunday, July 1 at 2pm.
For tickets, call 07578 083755.