"Dedicated to the King of Peterborough" Top 5 Page for this destination Peterborough by sourbugger

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All hail the king !

Whilst sourbugger was born here (the city not the bus shelter) in the dim and distant past of 1968, this page is not about me.

The most famous celebrity in Peterborough is without a doubt Nobby the Tramp. He has his own website (ghost written) and has hit headlines all over the world - just try putting Nobby the tramp into google.

My 4-year old Nephew, without prompting started referring to him as the "King" after passing by the shelter several times. Its a refreshing way to look at our class-ridden society, so I will adopt his usage.

The King of Peterborough most recently hit the headlines over supposedly agreeing to play playing in a professional golf tournament. Most of the reporting went something like this :

"A PETERBOROUGH tramp has fooled a newspaper into running a story saying he was playing in a professional golf tournament. The Peterborough Herald & Post's executives had reportedly also agreed to help fund his trip to the North West of Ireland Open at Ballyliffin. Nobby was given a set of clubs earlier in the year and regularly practises his swing behind the bus shelter he calls home. Herald & Post editor of content, Steve Rose, said: "It was an agreement between Nobby and ourselves. We spoke to him in good faith." But Nobby, whose real name is Michael Ross, told The Evening Telegraph he had never expected his wisecrack to make it into print."

This real story, which some believe to be true is that the guy was genuine, but with tickets and everything paid for the paper forgot to send a car for him and so he never went. There are rumours that something maybe organised for him next year.

Background to the life of the King

Taken from hs website which can be found at

In one of the more exclusive residential areas of Peterborough lives one of the city's most public figures, Nobby the tramp.

No one seems to know his name (Sourbugger : complete rubbish this bit its Mr Ross) or where he came from, some say he is a fugitive, some say he is on the mafia's hit list, the most popular theory is that his wife died in a fire nearby some years ago and he just wants to be nearby.

(Sourbugger, I believe the reason is that he can no longer face living in a closed environment - after all the local parish council offered him a flat for free, and he refused them)

He first started dossing in his bus shelter home sometime in the early 90's and soon won the affection of local residents who make sure he has warm clothing in the winter and often drop off gifts of food and tobbaco, Christmas day at Nobby's house has to be seen to be believed. The fact that he does not drink and keeps himself to himself is perhaps one of the reasons he is still there, indeed attempts to evict him were met with stiff opposition from locals and now the council has decided to let him stay there and they intend to build another bus shelter.

(Sourbugger : this is no lie, you would not believe the amount of presents he recieves from people at Christmas time, all wrapped up in Christmas paper and left unopened)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A place were a convention can be turned on it's head
  • Cons:It's a cultural desert - Philistineburgh
  • In a nutshell:More than a dormatory for London
  • Last visit to Peterborough: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Sep 8, 2003
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  • Suet's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Loike moi neighbours in Scarttttttland we don't have running water. Moi friend suet has a well in the garden and she cooks over an oipen foir.

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    Nov 16, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    An interesting visit to your hometown. Peterborough seems like a very nice place to get lost

  • annthracks's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2006 at 9:56 PM

    It's still there?? I remember swimming there in the 60's and 70's. I think I did a 20 mile walk to raise money for the "new" indoor pool round the back :)

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2006 at 9:57 AM

    Looks like a nice place, I have a friend living there but didn't know anything about the town. Happy birthday!! greetings fom Bulgaria

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 12:49 PM

    Is there actually anything to do in WHittlesey??! I look forward to reading what you have to say about it :-)

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2006 at 1:27 PM

    Oops! almost forgot to leave an uplifting applauding comment about this interesting and amusing page!

  • Jan 17, 2005 at 1:04 PM

    Hi - great tips on a great city. I live just down the A1 in Huntingdon, so I have a familiarity with the city. Enjoyed your "Grumpy Old Men" style, keep it up. Regards Martin

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2004 at 2:31 AM

    Oh, what a wonderful city! Your hometown is really attracting and nice to see! Thanks for your thorough advice and tips!

  • Elena_007's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2004 at 11:51 PM

    Nice pages on Peterborough. I only visited the Cathedral and did some shopping. The Railway, among other things would have been interesting, if I had known about them. (or VT, for that matter) ;-) I only found this wonderful site after my visit. ~Elaine~

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    May 12, 2004 at 5:26 AM

    York Train Museum is worth being obsessed over... So maybe a trip to Railworld would give me a thrill as well.


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