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Archived news release from 06 October 2006
The fantastic feats of Joe Darby
Fantastic facts about Netherton’s famous jumping Joe Darby are being added to his well-known statue.

The plinth on Joe’s statue is being refurbished to give more information on his amazing ‘feats’ and feet.

Joe Darby was a Victorian jumping champion who delighted and amazed people with the distances he could jump.

Facts about him and his jumps are included on the series of copper plaques, which have been designed and drawn full scale by borough artist Steve Field. Steve designed and sculpted the original statue, which is in Netherton, in 1991.

The painted aluminium statue will also be re-touched as part of the restoration and a further cast plaque lists in detail some of Joe Darby’s astounding competitive jumps and also his legendary trick jumps. These include appearing to leap over a canal in two bounds, the second leap apparently from the surface of the water.

Release Date: 06 October 2006
Directorate: Urban Environment
Contact: Katherine Finney, Marketing and communications
Phone: 01384 815232
Email: katherine.finney@dudley.gov.uk
Address: Directorate of the Urban Environment, 3 St. James's Road, Dudley, West Midlands. DY1 1HZ