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The Showmen


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with Paul Heiney
Clem Bailey blows up his daughter at least three times a year. What has he got against her?
John Clark throws himself in front of Fred Dibnah 's steamroller. Is it because he's given up the milk-round? Why would Joan Smith rather be known as Natasha Steel , Belle of the Blades?
Michael Costello spends his summer in an exploding coffin. Could it be easier than eating light-bulbs?
The reason is they're Showmen rehearsing all winter long in suburban back gardens, performing around the country at shows and fairs in the summertime. Their passion is not for fame or fortune, but for entertaining the public. They are keeping alive a tradition of British entertainment.
PAUL HEINEY meets the showmen for whom the show must go on. Photography NIGEL MEAKIN. Arthur smith Ijj Film editor at.an lygo tr Executive producer EDWARD MIRZOEFF Producer PATRICIA HOULIHAN •FEATURE: page 11


Unknown: Paul Heiney
Unknown: Clem Bailey
Unknown: John Clark
Unknown: Fred Dibnah
Unknown: Joan Smith
Unknown: Natasha Steel
Unknown: Michael Costello
Unknown: Paul Heiney
Unknown: Nigel Meakin.

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