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LATITUDE SHEEP

Almost synonymous with the entire festival, the Latitude Sheep proudly roam near the main arena entrance. Now a popular (and essential) photo stop for any Latitude attendee, the sheep have been at the festival since the very first edition, back in 2006.

Back in April 2015 the sheep travelled all the way to London for the announcement of the festival’s extensive theatre and arts line-up.

Latitude Festival takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk every year in July – explore this year’s programme here.

Explore other parts of Suffolk (without multicoloured sheep), and plan a trip at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: Latitude Festival
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JOHN PEEL

Celebrated BBC DJ John Peel lived just outside Stowmarket, Suffolk for the latter part of his life, regularly recording shows from a studio in his home.

Recognised as one of the most influential figures in music for a number of years, Peel was known for championing new musicians, as well as being one of the first DJs to play psychedelic rock on UK radio.

In his honour, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts was opened in Stowmarket in 2013.

Interested in learning about the the Centre? Find out more here.

Explore Stowmarket and its surrounding area at Visit Suffolk.

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PABLO FANQUE

Immortalised by the Beatles in ‘For the Benefit of Mr Kite’, Pablo Fanque ran and performed at Victorian Britain’s most popular circus. He was born in Norwich c.1810 to African-born John Darby and his wife Mary Stamp, and named William. His first circus performances included equestrian stunts, for which he became famous, in his early teens. He was written about by the Illustrated London News after his 1847 London debut, where he performed for the Queen.

Pablo Fanque toured the country as proprietor of the Circus Royal for thirty years; the popularity of his circus corresponded with the abolition of slavery and his profile was partially a symbol of this new, enlightened Britain. He married twice and in his final years had a live-in partner fifty years his junior.

To find out more about circus in the East, visit SeaChange Arts.

If you’d like to explore William Darby’s birthplace, you can Visit Norwich.