Our guide this week: Jim Hannah is originally from Hamilton in Scotland but moved south to find work almost 40 years ago. He sells the magazine in his adopted home of Norwich every day. “I needed something to keep my mind occupied,” he says. “The Big Issue and my regulars helped me to get back on my feet.”
Why I like living in Norwich
The people down here, I got on with them straight away. Norwich is not a big city, it’s small, but for the size there’s a lot in it. You’ve got two cathedrals for a start. Strangers’ Hall museum is a big house where they’ve done all the rooms up to show different periods in history. The museum on Bridewell Alley has different tools and things like that. We’ve got a patch here they call the Norwich Lanes – medieval streets with old churches, old buildings, all different kinds of things. My pitch is right in the centre of it.
The most famous thing about Norwich
The cathedral is one of the places tourists visit most often. They always want to go to the main cathedral, which is Church of England, but we have two. There’s also a Catholic one up at the top of Grapes Hill and that’s lovely. I’ve been round them all. I like going in and seeing the drawings and stained-glass windows. There’s also an old church just across the road here. It’s called St John Maddermarket and is from the 1500s. You get in there for nothing.
My favourite places