This fascinating autobiography
follows the life of an eighty-eight year old clown, woodworker and
artist who left school at 14. Hal Brooks was born into a working
class family in 1921, and grew up in North Kensington, London,
before serving for six years in the Royal Artillery as a signaller.
He moved to Mumbles in Wales, where he started entertaining in Welsh
clubs as a lightning sketch artist, and he and his wife Deena spent
four seasons at Butlins working as children’s entertainers. Hal also
toured the country as Kerby Drill to promote awareness of road
safety and was featured on various television programmes such as
Blue Peter, Crackerjack, Vision On and BBC Look Stranger. During the
sixties his clowning acts included a car act with a Model T Ford,
and a skating act in the Albert Hall. He now contributes a regular
feature for Clowns International Magazine The Joey. As an artist he
uses a variety of mediums, including oil paints, papier-mâché and
wood. Prince Charles has two pieces of Hal’s woodwork and Hal had
the privilege of meeting Princess Diana whilst clowning on the QE2.
Very good. Click on photo for larger image of cover.