Something to warm your cockles....

9 months ago Sat 2nd Nov 2019

Dave the Cockle Man and his bus

Something to warm your cockles… we’ve named a bus after Nottingham’s last “Cockle Man”, Dave Bartram!

To anyone who’s been a regular Nottingham pub-goer since ‘The Cockle Man’ first began his rounds in 1965, Dave is something of a legend!

With his distinctive white fishmonger’s coat and hat and his trademark ‘D & S Quality Seafood’ Basket, he’s easy to spot as he visits over 20 pubs and bars across the city. He recently attended the Robin Hood Beer Festival and can be found at the monthly market in his home village of Ruddington, with a Green 10 bio-gas bus now named in his honour.

Now in his seventies, even a mugging, a cancer diagnosis and a broken hip in 2018 didn’t stop Dave for long. He’s now the last Cockle Man in Nottingham and says he’ll continue his daily rounds whilst ever he still can, raising lots of money for Rainbows Hospice too!