Ge­off gets his skates on... again

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A ROLLERBLADING pen­sioner banned from South­port for his free­wheel­ing an­tics has made a come­back in Liver­pool city cen­tre.

Ge­off Dor­nan, 79, hit the head­lines in 2009 af­ter hav­ing his skates con­fis­cated by po­lice in South­port.

But video footage taken over the week­end in Liver­pool city cen­tre shows that the rollerblading rebel is re­fus­ing to hang up his skates.

The video shows Ge­off, also known as Quick­sil­ver, tear­ing up the tar­mac out­side Liver­pool One.

A sign next to him claims he has re­sumed skat­ing just six weeks af­ter a hip op­er­a­tion.

Though the message says that he is “not at his best” he can be seen whizzing past shop­pers.

Mag­is­trates pre­sented him with a £2,000 bill for skat­ing in Chapel Street, South­port, af­ter ac­cu­sa­tions that he was a haz­ard to pedes­tri­ans.

He ap­peared at court charged un­der a by­law for skat­ing in a pro­hib­ited area, but this was changed to an of­fence of skat­ing in a man­ner that caused dan­ger or an­noy­ance.

Ge­off, who lives in Orm­skirk, said at the time he be­lieved that his skat­ing was within the law and did not pose a dan­ger to pedes­tri­ans.

He added that he didn’t know why some peo­ple dis­agreed with his skat­ing in the street.

He said: “I told the po­lice­man who ar­rested me in South­port that skat­ing is a great form of trans­port and that all the top cops in Paris are on skates.

“If you tried to ban prams and bug­gies there would be an up­roar. I mean, some of those things could be con­sid­ered as dan­ger­ous.

“Surely then we’d have to ban shop­ping trol­leys and wheel­chairs and scoot­ers and all sorts of things on wheels.”

Rollerblading pen­sioner Ge­off Dor­nan in ac­tion in Church Street, Liver­pool

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