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The Bradford Monk. Mystery. Legend. Who is he and where does he go?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Viewer mail!

Just received an email from a John Hanslip of Shipley who says:
Hiya. Smart to see your website, i'm glad someone has taken the time to bring to light the mystery of 'the walking dude'. It's about time. Attached is the only photograph of him I ever managed. He's an elusive character and doesn't like to be photographed. His pictures usually end up blurred like UFO sightings as, as soon as he sees a camera he's off!
I have mixed feelings about him. On the dark side, he hates heavy metal fans (of which I am one, and a very proud one at that). He once set about my mate Toxic on Broadway in the early 90's. Something to do with his t-shirt. He also hangs around the shouting preachers in Bradford and gives them quiet support, and I personally think these shouting idiots should be sent to ... a very bad place. I basically don't get on with religious types.
HOWEVER, he is the walking dude, a Bradford legend. The plus sides are he brings a bit of eccentricity to the area but the most important thing is, he always has a smile and a wave for you. He just cheers you up when you see him because you think, yeah, there he is still going. All must be good in the world. Also, a normal bloke of his age must get intimidated by the abuse he gets. Kids these days are more inclined to throw bottles or beat him up never mind shout the most mind blowingly horrible things at this obvious religious figure... walking around Bradford. My dad who is sixty next year says he remembers him looking just the same, doing the same thing, when he (my dad) was in his early 20's.
Given the choice, should we throw him to the lions, or let the dude keep walking for the rest of his days.... I want to see the guy walking and giving out free smiles and waves, despite his religious stance, of which I care not. Go Luke Godwalker!!!

Thank you for the email John, and thanks for the image (posted below)
I too, can't help but warm to the positive outlook the guy has and can only imagine some of the things he has seen on his travels. It's a shame people feel the need to be abusive to him but i suppose that's all part of the unavoidability of human nature. We all have our own beliefs and we all have the same right to stand by them. I reckon the guy is a total inspiration to more people than he is an annoyance, therefore, long may he wander.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Legend has just been spotted in Horsforth, 13.45 6th July 06. I'm 23 and i have seen this bloke nearly every year of my life.

Long live the legend that is the "Bradford Monk"

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Anonymous european bri said...

Spied the walking dude at Huddersfield Road, Brighouse about a month ago, still looking good for an old geezer. I remember him swinging through Sandy Lane Park in the early eighties to take a dump in the old public convience. I would like to say we left him crap in peace, but we were only 11/12 and barraked him till he snapped it off and left. He still smiled as he headed off towards Bingley. A true legend.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's been stopped and questioned.

He has a name:

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Blogger Laffsanfallzova said...

I've met him many times. I first got to know him about 20 years ago through a close friend who was running a lodging house in Bradford where I was living at the time. My friend brought him home one night and he then introduced himself as Geoff. he stayed over on several occasions while we lived there. My friend would let him have a bath and gave him the odd meal now and then. When we asked him why he did what he did he said that he followed the ways of jesus in how he lived, he got by on a day to day basis by relying on peoples goodwill. When I asked him if was the "second coming" he just smiled.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy is one proper legend.
shook is hand


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we were kids, me and my brothers would see him and wave, and he always had a smile and a wave for us. Hes a Hermit.

To me he is actually like a bit of a barometer for the country.
As the country has deteriorated over the last 10-15 years, he does not wave as much.

Hes not a religious zealot. Just a guy who dresses a little differently and lives a different lifestyle to most of us 'sheeple'

Too many narrow minded people in the UK anyway.

Good on you Hermit.
Keep walking.

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I believe the monk is called Geoffrey - surname Brindle or Brindley. I also believe that originally he worked in engineering or as a draughtsman. He first came to people's notice in the early 1960s, when he spent several weeks in a cave near Kettlewell (see Telegraph and Argus archives; it was probably 1961 or 1962). Since that time he has spent fifty years doing what he does now - walking around, smiling and waving to people. In the 1960s the head of RE at my school invited him in to talk to the 6th form, but I can't recollect that what he had to say was particularly enlightening. In the 1970s he was in a bit of trouble for disturbing the peace by haranguing a queue outside a Bradford bingo hall. There have been rumours right from the start that he was wealthy and went home every night to a mansion, but I doubt if that has ever been the case. He does look a bit older nowadays than when he started all those years ago, but as someone who must now be around 80 years old, he is in remarkable health, I'd say - just shows what regular exercise can do for you!

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