Jim Pelham is missing his Salisbury pitch while he is in lockdown after becoming such a treasured member of the community.
The popular Big Issue vendor has lived in the cathedral city almost all his life and sold the magazine there for eight years after becoming homeless when his spell as medical secretary at Salisbury District Hospital – where he also lived – came to an acrimonious end.
Since then, The Big Issue has helped Jim become a famous face on the streets, known for selling the magazine in Salisbury’s market square while dancing to a ripped CD of violin music by Kate Chruscicka.
But the Covid-19 pandemic has meant he has been off his pitch since March and unable to spend time in the city – he has been living 10 miles up the road in a village called Winterbourne Stoke.
“I’m living entirely on other people’s kindness I’m afraid,” Jim, 42, told The Big Issue. “I’ve been a reading a great deal and learning to cook.
“The Big Issue have been enormous help altogether, they’ve been very proactive in looking after me. And now I’ve got a claim in I should hopefully have better luck talking to the council about accommodation because I haven’t found them very helpful at the moment.