FACTfile on... Nobby the tramp
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.