Re­spect for Nobby

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - KATE HALL

WE would like to say a big thank-you to all those peo­ple who have been help­ing us with our forth­com­ing project – a play about Peter­bor­ough’s Nobby the tramp.

It has been great to hear peo­ple’s sto­ries about Nobby, and the great re­spect they hold for him.

As we have got deeper into the project, we have found that there is an ex­cit­ing story here about Peter­bor­ough, es­pe­cially the city’s re­sponse to the home­less – both in the past and present.

And that’s what the play has got to be about, partly from Nobby’s per­spec­tive but also, sig­nif­i­cantly, look­ing at how home­less­ness in Peter­bor­ough has changed so dra­mat­i­cally in re­cent years.

We feel this im­por­tant to say as it has been sug­gested that Nobby is go­ing to be­come even more fa­mous as a re­sult of the pro­duc­tion, but we know that this is not what he would want, and we re­spect his wishes.

Hav­ing talked to some of the or­gan­i­sa­tions deal­ing with home­less­ness now, it would be very dif­fi­cult for an­other “Nobby” to sur­vive and be ac­cepted, and that is where the story of “our Nobby” is head­ing.

We look for­ward to shar­ing with you the next Plat­form Peter­bor­ough pro­duc­tion this Au­tumn.

AF­FEC­TION: Nobby on the streets of Peter­bor­ough.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.