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Oct 24, 2023

A clown that has been stalking the streets of a Scottish village is back and has a “message for the nation”.

The masked character, wearing a Pennywise-style outfit, has created a game “for the country to play in” after previously leaving riddles and clues for the villagers of Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire to solve.

In a video uploaded to Facebook at the weekend, the clown has highlighted a number of landmarks across Scotland and is urging people to visit them and take pictures of their “scariest faces”.

The snapshots should then be shared online with the hashtag #Skelmorlieclown.

The Duke of Wellington statue in Glasgow – which is well known due to the iconic traffic cone on its head – is one of the hotspots singled out by the clown.

The Duke of Wellington statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, which has been adorned with a new traffic cone - with a black stripe and a propeller on top. There is speculation that the latest addition to Glasgow's famous statue has been put in place to mark the end of the Banksy exhibition Image: The Duke of Wellington statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow

Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk and Loch Ness were also mentioned. And for those more adventurous, the clown is challenging people to take a picture at the top of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Scotland at 1,345m (around 4,413ft).

The Kelpies in Falkirk which will be lit by blue light for the remaining period of the COVID-19 crisis as a tribute to NHS and social care workers. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 7, 2020. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies, constructed of structural steel with a stainless steel outer skin, stands up to 30 metres tall and weighs over 300 tonnes. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Image: The Kelpies in Falkirk

The clown rhymed: “I have a message addressed to the nation. I’ve created a game for the country to play in.

“Robert Burns cottage, where the legend was from. The Bannockburn monument, where our king won.

“In the Loch Ness, home to our Nessie. In Falkirk the horses that go by the Kelpies.

“In Glasgow the man with the cone on his head. At Edinburgh Castle where kings and queens met.

“In Largs at the Pencil, where Vikings fought. And climb Ben Nevis right to the top.

“Skara Brae from times of old. And at the Calanais Standing Stones.

“All of these landmarks from the east to the west make up the country we know is the best.

“Your game is quite simple, at each of these places… go take a picture with your scariest faces.

“Post it online so your pic can be found and use the hashtag #Skelmorlieclown.”

The Skelmorlie clown. Pic: Cole Deimos Facebook Image: The Skelmorlie clown wants everyone across Scotland to get involved. Pic: Cole Deimos Facebook

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The clown made headlines across the globe earlier this month for their “message to the media” and cheeky “dare” for the police to catch them – although there is no suggestion any crime has been committed.

Residents in Skelmorlie recently teamed up to solve one of the clown’s riddles which led them to the village’s community garden.

A small black cash box awaited their discovery. But instead of treasure inside, the villagers were greeted with their own reflection via a mirror that had the word “clown” written on it.

Skelmorlie clown. Pic: Isy Agnew Image: When residents opened the black box a mirror was inside with the word ‘clown’ written on it. Pic: Isy Agnew

Isy Agnew was one of the villagers who solved the riddle after waking up on Friday 13th to find a red balloon and box that included a key outside her front door.

Skelmorlie clown. Pic: Isy Agnew Image: Isy Agnew solved one of the clown’s riddles. Pic: Isy Agnew

Ms Agnew told Sky News she loved the “clever” joke and said the clown’s Halloween appearances “bring the community together”.

The clown’s games are expected to run up to Halloween.

The joker is dressed similarly to Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King’s It.

The character stalks the streets of Derry in Maine, where he kills children roughly every 27 years.

The 1986 horror novel was made into a two-part mini-series in 1990 with Tim Curry in the role. Bill Skarsgard then played the villain in the Hollywood adaptations in 2017 and 2019.

A Facebook account for the Skelmorlie clown has been set up with the name Cole Deimos. The profile says the character “studied at Clown School” and lives in Skelmorlie.

Those that know the identity of the clown – who seemingly first appeared in the village two years ago – are so far keeping their lips sealed as to who’s behind the mask.

Addressing their identity in the latest video, the clown rhymed: “Many have tried and all have failed. The Skelmorlie clown will never be unveiled.”


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