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The people of Norwich miss Big Issue vendor Simon's hearty laugh

Posted On: 21 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

The people of Norwich miss Big Issue vendor Simon's hearty laugh

Norwich is the setting for the latest edition of The Big Miss You Podcast - out today - and vendor Simon Gravell says it's the “the nicest place in England to sell the magazine”.
In more normal times, Simon sells The Big Issue outside Topshop and is a fixture of the city, known for his flamboyant jester's hat.
His regular customer, Mary Benefiel Dunn, contacted The Big Issue to let us know that since the current lockdown started, she has been missing Simon and his ability to cheer her up with his hearty laugh.
“Everybody loves Simon,” Mary tells the podcast. “I look forward to bumping into him and it always cheers me up.”
Missing my fave Norwich vendor, Simon! His big smile and warm hello and wonderful hats. Will make due with subscription for now. Good luck to you BigIssue !
- Mary Benefiel Dunn March 23, 2020
Simon slept rough for seven years, bringing his tent all over England, before settling in Norwich.
His positivity is remarkable. “I'm not going to tell you how bad my life's been,...

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