Now let's be honest conventions and conferences can often be pretty dreary affairs but one for clowns in Suffolk this week is proving to be a right old hoot!
Giggling, classes in falling over and general jolliness are just some of the fun and games on the agenda.
Natalie Gray joined clowns from up and down the country for some lessons in laughter.
Click below to watch Natalie's full report:
Funding has been secured for the second phase of work to repair the seawall on Lowestoft's South Beach following a tidal surge more a year ago.
In November last year, 6,000 tonnes of rock was transported from Norway for the first stage of repairs after erosion caused major damage in December 2013.
Now Waveney District Council has successfully bid for £2m from Defra to allow it to continue its coastal protection work.
Phase two of the project will see the seawall at Children's Corner secured and allow public access to resume.
Details are to be discussed at a council meeting on 20 January.
Two people have been treated by paramedics after their car flipped onto its roof during a police chase in Lowestoft.
Officers attempted to flag down the silver hatchback car at around 8pm on Sunday evening. It failed to stop and led the patrol car on a chase through the Suffolk town in icy conditions. But it soon came to an abrupt stop just half a mile after being signalled to stop by police, hitting two parked vehicles and flipping onto its roof.
Two people were removed from the car and treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.
The driver was taken to hospital for a check-up and the road was closed for two and a half hours.
Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
A man's in hospital after a fight broke out between two large groups of men outside Lowestoft railway station.
The incident took place at around 3.30am Sunday morning in Katwijk Way. It's thought some of the men were carrying weapons.
Two men were taken to the nearby James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. One man has since been discharged, but the other is still under observation having sustained head injuries.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
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A World War Two hand grenade has been found in a garage in Lowestoft.
The device was found earlier this morning when the property in the Kelly-Pain Court area was being cleared.
Pupils from nearby Northfields St Nicholas Primary and St Margaret’s School were evacuated as a precaution.
The Bomb Disposal Service removed the grenade which was not live.
Eight appliances were used to put out a fire in the High Street in Lowestoft on Friday night.
A flat on the first floor of the three storey property in the town centre was on fire.
Crews from Lowestoft North and South, along with appliances from Beccles and Great Yarmouth were called to the scene.
The fire was brought under control just before midnight. Nobody was hurt.
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