The mysterious Northampton Clown has spoken out for the first time to reveal the truth about his appearances in the town.
People across the world have been gripped by the story of the clown since pictures emerged online of him standing in various locations around the town, looking similar to the Pennywise character from the cult Stephen King film, It.
In an exclusive interview with the Northampton Chronicle & Echo, the Clown said he could understand why people had been “extremely frightened” by him but he insisted his exploits were intended in good humour.
The clown, who wants to keep his real identity anonymous, said: “I just wanted to amuse people.
“Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out and then they can laugh about it afterwards.
“It’s like watching a horror movie, when people get scared they usually start laughing.
“Naturally, some people would have been extremely frightened by what they saw, but I hope many are starting to see it as a bit of harmless fun.”
The Northampton Clown said he was “absolutely amazed” by the reaction to his appearances in the town and was pleased that he had got so many people talking about Northampton.
As many people have suspected, due to the fact his clown costume resembles Pennywise from the film It, the Northampton Clown has admitted to being a Stephen King fan.
During conversations he regularly made references to the 1990 horror movie.
He also said it was proving to be “more difficult to keep his identity a secret” as people were working out where he lived.
However, the clown said he intended to keep appearing in the town “for as long as people are interested” and he may even start holding a particular “clown” day every week.
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW
When did you start dressing up as a clown?
In 1715, when i first realised many people in the world were afraid of clowns.
What was your intention when you first started being pictured in the clown suit?
I just wanted to amuse people. Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out which they can then laugh about after. It’s like watching a horror movie, when people get scared they usually start laughing. Naturally some people would have been extremely frightened by what they saw but i hope many are starting to see it as a bit of harmless fun.
Are you scared to go out in Northampton now?
No, but it’s proving more difficult to keep my identity a secret.
How old are you?
298, and I awake every 30 years.
Which part of Northampton are you from?
A few people have already worked this out.
What do you think of the reaction the story?
Absolutely amazing and unexpected. “IT”’s making people talk about Northampton for sure.
How long do you intend to make appearances in Northampton?
For as long as people are interested in it. I might perhaps do one day a week thing, a clown day, i.e a Wednesday and that’s the day to spot me. We will see. Beep Beep!
Do you think you will ever reveal your true identity?
Perhaps, we’ll see how ‘IT’ goes.