Grandfather Geoff Dornan is a passionate roller-skater
Grandfather Geoff Dornan, 79, was injured when another skater crashed into him.
After making a swift recovery he was soon back on his blades – and in trouble again with the authorities.
He has now been banned from a shopping centre in Liverpool under anti-busking bylaws.
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My skating does attract a lot of attention
Geoff, a retired youth worker from Ormskirk, Lancashire, took up roller-blading 20 years ago.
He said: “There’s something about skating – it’s like you have a pair of wings.
“My skating does attract a lot of attention but it’s convenient for me because I can go wherever I want and don’t need to use my car at all. It’s a great way of getting around.
Mr Dornan was injured when another skater crashed into him
“I love skating and it is brilliant exercise but I never expected to be vilified and made a criminal by bureaucrats for it.”
Geoff was convicted by magistrates in 2009 of being a danger to pedestrians in Southport, Merseyside.
He was banned from the town centre and fined more than £2,000. He suffered another setback last August when he broke his hip in Liverpool city centre.
The pensioner was convicted by magistrates of being a danger to pedestrians Pensioner who winds iconic 'Brief Encounter' clock is BANNED Thu, February 9, 2017
Time is standing still at Carnforth Station after the volunteer who winds the famous clock from the film 'Brief Encounter' was banned from the premises. Jim Walker has been keeping the clock running twice a week since it was reinstated 13 years ago. He has been told he can no longer enter the station after a member of the public made a complaint against him over an alleged racist comment. The 71-year-old has now been given a map which outlines areas of the station he is not allowed to enter.
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Clock keeper Jim Walker winds up the famous 'Brief Encounter' clock at Carnforth Railway Station.
Divorcee Geoff said: “My daughter told me I needed to exercise and told me to start power walking. It was boring, so I took up skating instead. The doctors say it’s great for my health.”
Last weekend Geoff was filmed outside the Liverpool ONE centre by shopper Eve Howlett, 24.
Eve, of Liverpool, said: “He was funny, people were stopping in the street and smiling. It was great to see.”
The OAP found power walking too boring and decide to get on some skates
But Geoff claims he was later told to leave by staff for failing to have the correct busking permit.
Chris Bliss, of Liverpool ONE, said: “We have a responsibility to ensure events are safely enjoyed by everyone.
“In this gentleman’s case, he has requested permission to busk but is yet to adequately demonstrate the suitability of this event for a retail and leisure environment.”
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