Geoff gets his skates on... again
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