‘Waving’ old man becomes internet hit

September 10, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A bearded old man who sits on the side of the road between two seaside resorts waving at every car has become an internet hit.

The man – who calls himself Moses-Peter – has spent years perched on a chair between Torquay and Paignton in Devon.

Every day he dons beads and a headband and sits on a portable chair on the A3022 waving at passers-by for hours at a time.

Motorists have now set up a Facebook site called ‘Strange Old Man Who Sits On A Bench On The Road Between Torquay And Paignton’.

The site has attracted more than 5,000 followers from around the UK – many of whom have seen him while they were on holiday.

Estate agent Keith Bowden said he often sees the man – who never seems to tire of waving and is always smiling.

He said: ”He seems to be one of life’s eccentrics but he seems publicity shy. No-one knows a thing about him but most people wave back, and drivers beep their horns.”

Fan Kelly Child said: ”It gives me an overwhelming sense of happiness when he waves at me. This man is, somehow, magical.”

Another fan Mags Powell added: ”He’s delightful. A man who seems truly happy in his own skin, with a smile and a wave for everyone. Long may he carry on.”

The mystery man has refused to comment on why he does his daily trips to the trunk road – or why he waves at all the cars.

He said: ”I am spreading a message of joy, love and happiness.”

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  1. Benjamin D says:

    I think he is a lovely man who is very friendly! I always wave to him whe i go past on the bus!

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