Which clown appeared at Blackpool Tower Circus (England) every summer season for forty years?
Hubert Jean Charles "Charlie" Cairoli (15 February 1910 – 17 February 1980) was an Italian-English clown, impressionist and musician.
Cairoli was distinguished in his act by wearing a red nose and a Charlie Chaplin-style bowler hat, eyebrows, and costume, and a moustache slightly larger than Chaplin's. He rose to prominence in the United Kingdom in the 1970s owing to his frequent television appearances, not least on his long-running children's show "Right Charlie!".
He performed at Blackpool Tower Circus every summer season for forty years, a world record for the most performances at a single venue. Out of season he also performed on stage in variety shows and pantomime, including the Grand Theatre in Leeds and Alhambra in Bradford. His appearance in "Jack and the Beanstalk" in 1972 was the most successful pantomime at Leeds City Varieties.
In June 1979, ill health forced his withdrawal from the Tower Circus ring and he was admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion. He finally announced his retirement in November of that year; he was 69.