Pablo Fanque


Pablo Fanque

Pablo Fanque (born William Darby in 1796 in Norwich – May 4, 1871 in Stockport) was the first black circus proprietor in Britain.

A famous showman in his time, he is best known today from the lyrics of the Beatles song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!, written by John Lennon based on an antique circus poster that he had bought, in which the Henderson family is described as "late of Pablo Fanque's fair."

Pablo Fanque is buried in Woodhouse Cemetery, Leeds next to his first wife Susannah Darby.

External links

* [http://www.100greatblackbritons.com/bios/Pablo_Fanque.htm 100 Great Black Britons]
* http://www.sideshowworld.com/atskite.html


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