Alumno Developments' latest student accommodation building in Norwich 'Pablo Fanque House' is named after the first black British circus proprietor and equestrian performer who was born in the city and who is also immortalised in the song 'Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!' which features in The Beatles' 1967 album 'Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', and includes the lyric: “The Hendersons will all be there/Late of Pablo Fanque’s Fair.”

To celebrate the connection to the building's name, Alumno commissioned poet Ira Lightman to write a poem which was then designed into a poetry wall for the buildings' reception space. Taking influence from the original circus poster which inspired The Beatles to write the song, the wall is accompanied by a victorian-inspired Zoetrope, which stands in reception in a perspex case. The Pablo Fanque Zeotrope depicts the famous equestrian performing the type of act you would have seen at one of his circus shows.

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