These are your memories of famous Derby tramp Bocker Wright

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The Derby Telegraph has been flooded with memories of the late Derby tramp Bocker Wright.

The rough sleeper was known for begging around the city centre between the 1960s and the 1980s.

But he also had a reputation as a "gentleman" tramp and on at least two occasions was known to return valuable items to those who had lost them.

Letters flooded in after we published a story in which a language expert claimed the rough sleeper may have inspired a popular slang word.

Co-editor of nostalgia magazine The Free Derby, Pip Southall, often runs a collection of stories about the tramp in a section called "Bocker Corner".

Well-known Derby tramp Bocker Wright is pictured in the centre.

Well-known Derby tramp Bocker Wright is pictured in the centre.

He said he believed Wright's real name was Jack Wright, and he may have died in 1988 at the age of around 68, after living out his last days in a hostel in Bridge Street.

Mr Southall said some of the tramp's favourite haunts were the Market Place, Duckworth Square, and what used to be the Nag's Head off St Peter's Street.

He added that Wright also liked to spend time around Victoria Street - his top spots were a phone box at the bottom of Becketwell Lane and the former Golden Egg cafe.

Bocker was also known to frequent The Old Wine Vaults pub on the north side of the Market Place

The magazine editor said: "Compared to today's tramps, if you like, he had the touch of a gentleman about him even though he was quite a frightening figure."

Mr Southall recalled some of his favourite stories: "One woman said she was walking across the Market Place and she didn't realise she'd dropped her bag. Bocker came running after her and said 'you've dropped your handbag'.

The Old Wine Vaults pub on the north side of the Market Place in Derby was a regular haunt of famous tramp Bocker Wright.

The Old Wine Vaults pub on the north side of the Market Place in Derby was a regular haunt of famous tramp Bocker Wright.

"I think he got a drink out of that - but he could have kept the whole thing.

"A desk copper who used to work in the nick in Full Street, his tale was that Bocker came in on Christmas Eve and demanded to be arrested.

"They refused, so he promptly took his trousers off and urinated all over the desk - so they arrested him. He said: 'Thank goodness for that, I've got my Christmas dinner'.

"After that they didn't hesitate to put him straight in a cell."

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The Free Derby magazine is published by co-editors Pip and Elaine Southall.

The Free Derby magazine is published by co-editors Pip and Elaine Southall.

Derby Telegraph reader Freddi Grace also had a found memory of the character to share from the 1970s.

The 59-year-old retired children's home worker said: "I once gave Bocker a couple of bob in the Market Hall. After wishing him a merry Christmas I continued on my way.

"Then I heard him shouting 'Mrs, oi, Mrs!' I turned around and he came up to me and said, 'here Mrs you've dropped this'.

"It was 40 quid I'd pulled out of my pocket and dropped on the floor. Bless him. Always had a chat with him when I saw him. Legend."

John Stanley from Derby said he once saw Wright in an argument in a bus queue in the Market Place in the mid-1960s.

Mr Stanley said the tramp and a "very large younger man" squared up to each other, before Wright challenged the man to "knock him out".

The younger man threw a "massive punch", but instead of falling, Wright simply rejoined the queue and held his mouth closed.

Mr Stanley said: "There was a stream of blood running from the corner of his mouth. No words were spoken after the punch. Bocker seemed triumphant. Maybe he proved his point."

Do you have any pictures of Bocker Wright? Please email george.allen@derbytelegraph.co.uk.