The life of circus owner William Darby, better known as Pablo Fanque, has been highlighted by Historic England to mark Black History Month in the UK. The historical significance of Darby’s life has been recognised with the addition of a blue plaque in Norwich, the city of his birth.
Pablo Fanque’s travelling circus, of course, was the subject of the 1843 poster bought by John Lennon in 1967 which eventually inspired the song Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite! which featured on The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band released that same year.