A clown from Lynn who fell in love with the circus as a child has enjoyed a family reunion as he brought his show to the town.
Kriss Freear is one of the stars of the Circus Wonderland show, which is the first circus to be staged in the Walks for 20 years and continues this weekend.
As soon as he was 16, Mr Freear packed up his belongings and ran away with the circus.
His parents, John and Shirley, and the rest of the family all still live in Lynn and the family were reunited at the Big Top ahead of the show’s opening on Wednesday.
Mr Freear loves his magical job, having always wanted to be a clown.
He said: “I just love entertaining people and knowing that no day is ever the same.”
“There are not many people lucky enough to have the job they always dreamed of.”
Having spent time with various circuses, Mr Freear teamed up with Paul Carpenter in 2002 to form ‘The Poplinos’ comedy duo, a traditional musical clown double act. ‘Mr Popol’ and ‘Kakehole’ have had huge success.
They are the current holders of the Best Circus Comedy Act in the Circus Friends Association Awards.
But aside from the fun and silliness, clowning is something the pair take seriously. During their time with the John Lawson’s Circus the duo launched a campaign to combat Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.
Their ‘clowncelling’ sessions have attracted a great deal of interest, with the duo giving interviews as far afield as America and Australia.
The Poplinos went one step further in 2012 and set up their own show, Circus Wonderland, which they now bring to the Walks.
They not only clown around but have also taken on the roles as circus directors.
It has long been a dream of Mr Freear’s to return to his home town.
After long negotiations he is over the moon to be able to perform at what was once a most prestigious circus venue visited by all of the major shows.
Mr Freear said he was looking forward to sharing an experience he has always enjoyed and said: “I’m most excited to be back where it all started, performing to a Kings Lynn audience.”
Circus Wonderland, the no animals, sequined spectacle, began its run at the Walks on Wednesday and continues until Sunday.