Park's dads' army rounds up yobs
PUBLISHED: 07:36 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:30 24 May 2010
FOOTBALL yobs who tried to spoil an afternoon concert in the park were sent packing by a determined Dads' Army of pensioners - and a woman on a mobility scooter. A 30-strong gang of youngsters thought they would have it all their own way when they decided
FOOTBALL yobs who tried to spoil an afternoon concert in the park were sent packing by a determined Dads' Army of pensioners - and a woman on a mobility scooter.A 30-strong gang of youngsters thought they would have it all their own way when they decided to play a match next to the bandstand in Weston's Grove Park.But they reckoned without the fighting spirit of the many aged concert goers who, spurred on by the brass band's rendition of The Great Escape, rose from their deck chairs and chased the trouble-makers from the park.The showdown flared after the yobs ignored the pleas of dozens of residents and visitors who were enjoying the weekly Sunday afternoon concert in the popular spot.John Horler, who owns the cafe in the park, said: "The lads would not stop and even kicked the ball into the bandstand. They seemed hell-bent on ruining the afternoon for everyone."One guy who was about 35 tried to take the ball and it looked like it was going to get ugly."Then suddenly about 30 of us, mostly aged about 60, got up from our chairs together and advanced on the lads."It was amazing as nobody had said anything. It seemed totally spontaneous and they could see we meant business."The footballers took one look at us and turned on their tails. We followed them out accompanied by an old woman riding a mobility scooter who was waving her stick wildly."I don't how it happened but it was like a scene from Dad's Army. Maybe it was the Dunkirk spirit or something.