FACT­file on... Nobby the tramp

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

NOBBY set up home in a bus shel­ter in Oun­dle Road in around 1996.

In 1998, kind-hearted res­i­dents helped to pack the bus shel­ter with Christ­mas gifts and mince pies for him.

The fol­low­ing year, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil de­cided to pay for a sec­ond bus shel­ter nearby so Nobby could stay in his makeshift home in the shel­ter.

In 2001, he went missing for more than a week and scores of concerned res­i­dents called po­lice. How­ever, it turned out that he was in hos­pi­tal re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for ul­cers on his legs.

The same year, Nobby’s shel­ter was tar­geted by ar­son­ists, who set light to his du­vet, spark­ing a small fire in the shel­ter. The at­tack came just weeks af­ter paint was thrown at his shel­ter and over his be­long­ings.

In 2002, the city’s most fa­mous tramp found a new place to hang out - Or­ton Mead­ows Golf Club, af­ter he was given a set of clubs from a gen­er­ous bene­fac­tor. He would visit the course to try and get in a few rounds.

Also in 2002, post­man Danny Barham at­tempted to de­liver scores of letters ad­dressed to Nobby to his bus shel­ter - but he re­fused to ac­cept it.

The next year, Nobby shocked res­i­dents by chang­ing his im­age - shav­ing off his shaggy beard and long, mat­ted hair.

In 2005, a dou­ble-glaz­ing com­pany of­fered to fit free pa­tio doors and win­dows to Nobby’s bus shel­ter, but the fol­low­ing year, he left his out­door home. It was un­der­stood Nobby moved into a fur­nished flat and has not been spot­ted around Peter­bor­ough since.

How­ever, mem­o­ries of him re­mained and in 2007, a Face­book site with more than 1,200 fans was cre­ated for Nobby with mes­sages and pho­tos of the tramp.

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