The Clowns Gallery LtdA registered charityReg. No: 1076724
His real name was Nikolai Polakovs and he was born in Latvia in 1900. His parents worked in the theatre when Nikolai was born, but both lost their jobs a few years later and in order to survive, Nicolai started busking from the age of five.In 1929 Nikolai, or Coco as he was then called, came to England with his young wife Valentina and began working for Bertram Mills’ Circus. He left the circus temporarily to serve in the Army during the war and from the late 1940’s he became Britons most famous Clown! In 1963 Coco received an OBE from the Queen for his years of work, promoting Road Safety with children. He and his wife retired in 1969 to Woodnewton near Peterbrough with their life in his caravan and lived in their daughter’s garden until his death in 1974 at the age of 74.