London, Feb 10: After 519 streaks, world’s most prolific streaker Mark Roberts has finally decided to hang his boots after his son’s friends laughed at him.
For two decades, the Liverpudlian father-of-three has been the Usain Bolt of the naked dash.
In 1995, he leapt naked on to Fred Talbot’s weather map on daytime TV show This Morning, and a year later he appeared nude on the green during the Open at Royal Lytham.
Then, in 2004, he was fined 550 pounds for trespassing after streaking across the pitch at the Super Bowl in Texas – a match watched by 130 million people in 87 countries.
For good measure, Roberts has also stripped off at Wembley, Wimbledon and Ascot.
“There’s no major venue or event I haven’t done. But I’m nearly 49 now and my children have begged me to stop. It’s time. I’m not ready for my slippers just yet, but gravity’s against me,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
Last week was his last outing – his 519th and final streak.
Roberts, of course – pro that he is – took the whole episode in his stride, wearing a monkey G-string.
He has been kept in a cell overnight 30 times and fined a total of 4,000 pounds. Single for nine years, Mark has three children – Rebecca, 24, Mark, 19, and Georgia, 15 – by two different women but he no longer speaks to either of the mothers.
It was a recent remark by son Mark that made him decide it was time to call it a day.
“He said to me the other day, ‘Dad, when are you going to stop, all my mates are watching you?’ I asked him, What do they say? And he said, ‘They all laugh their heads off’,” Roberts said
“So I replied, ‘What’s the problem, then?’ He just said, ‘Well, you’re my dad.’ That really hit home with me,” he said. (ANI)