What? As in Bollards of London?
Well, yes. It’s all going off in Burton.
An angry pensioner has vowed to become a one-man bollard to keep town centre pedestrians safe from vehicles.
Retired Willie Donger made the promise to keep unauthorised motors from travelling through High Street, Burton, after he was just inches away from being mown down by a speeding car while crossing the road.
The 68-year-old, of Elizabeth Court, in Brough Road, Winshill, said that he would have ‘gone splat’ if he had not heard a stranger shouting at him to watch out.
He said: “I was almost splattered in the middle of the road. The car must have been going at least 45mph. If the guy on the footpath on the other side of the road had not shouted ‘mind the car’ I would have been a goner. The driver did not even slow down. He just swerved around me and carried on. I gave the car a whack with my walking stick. I hope it has made a dent.
Petty politics or something mean that the bollards at one end of the High Street or something haven’t been replaced… or something.
Now Willie is going to stand in the place of the missing bollards.
Mr Donger said that he did not want to do it, but would be prepared to control the flow of traffic himself.
He said: “You should not have to fear for your own life in a pedestrian area. If something is not done soon I am going to stand there all day and police it myself.”
Willie Donger is a human bollard. Props to you, Sir.