EDITOR – I would like to say thank you to the editor and Sam Kinnaird of the Louth and Mablethorpe Leader for providing us with the information so many of us wanted to know about Patrick the tramp from Mablethorpe.
I know not everyone liked him, especially drivers meeting up with him in the middle of the road, but to many of us he had become a much-loved character, as was proven by the number of concerned enquiries about him from the public.
He had chosen his lifestyle as we all have chosen ours, and he has every right to live it without interference until such time as was necessary for his own good.
How he survived last winter’s freezing temperatures I will never know, yet he was probably free of the bugs and colds the general public were going down with.
My only contact with him was a nod of the head which he would reply to with a nod and a smiling twinkle in his eyes. Because of my appearance and my shopping bags he probably thought I was also roaming around.
Whatever his faults, he never attacked anyone, he didn’t vandalise gravestones or shop windows and he didn’t set fire to chalets or rob anyone. For those reasons I wish him all the very best for 2012 and hope he will be able to adapt to a new way of life which is so alien to his former lifestyle.
His bus shelter residence looks empty now, but to many of us he will be fondly remembered for many years to come.