The Llandudno promenade was full of entertainment and laughter yesterday as the town's Pierrot troupes came to life for a one off show.

The seaside follies event saw the professional adult troupe, the new follies, and the youth troupe, the jollies, took part in walk about performances along the North Shore with passers by stopping the troupes and asking them for a song and a joke.

The performers, all of which were from the area, were joined by pantomime dames Nigel Ellacott from Venue Cymru and Stuart Loughland from Theatr Colwyn who also took part in a number of sketches in the sunny Llandudno weather.

The Llandudno Youth Music Theatre also took to the bandstand to belt out a number of musical tunes throughout the afternoon.

The day of fun was all part of the celebrations of the history and practice of Pierrot troupes and seaside entertainment in the town, inspired by the influence of theatrical impresario Will Catlin.

Actress Julia Quayle began proceedings with a one-woman promenade performance of a new play about a dancer in the 1920s, working at the Arcadia theatre.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Conwy Arts Trust, the project was been led by Dr Lidington, a leading seaside entertainment historian, who has also put together a special exhibition about Pierrots in Wales, Catlin and concert parties - this opens on September 29 at Venue Cymru and will run until January 2019.

Cllr Louise Emery, Conwy County Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “It was a fascinating and entertaining day.

"Locals and visitors were amazed by the unique performances showcasing Victorian seaside culture on the historic background of our sweeping Victorian prom."

The original Catlin’s Follies was a family friendly, ensemble show and played to great success in Llandudno, with a mix of live acoustic music, slap-stick comedy and basic choreography, proving a huge hit with audiences.

Catlin also used innovative marketing techniques such as sending his Pierrots to the train station to meet the holidaymakers as they stepped down onto the platform.