Morecambe ‘Birdman’ gets a little help from his friends

Pigeon man John Wilkinson feeding the birds on wasteland near his home on Cavendish Road, Morecambe.
Pigeon man John Wilkinson feeding the birds on wasteland near his home on Cavendish Road, Morecambe.
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The ‘Morecambe Birdman’ is getting by with a little help from his friends – the official Beatles fan club.

The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society has backed pensioner John Wilkinson after he was punished again for feeding pigeons. After hearing that Mr Wilkinson, who has hit the headlines numerous times for feeding birds in the resort, had been hauled before the courts once more over his habit, the group’s president decided that all he needs is love.

John Chambers said: “We are big animal lovers, we are like Paul McCartney, we campaign for the rights of animals.”

Mr Wilkinson was given a 12-month community and supervision order after breaching a second anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) by giving the pigeons too much food.

Mr Chambers said: “We have suggested to Liverpool City Council, and all people’s towns and cities should follow suit, that instead of sucking the joys out of pensioners feeding pigeons they should concern their energy elsewhere.

“The birds have every right to be here just as much as human beings.”

The group of diehard Beatles fans raised funds for the statue of The Fab Four which stands in Liverpool shopping centre Cavern Walks.

They are also campaigning for a sculpture of John Lennon in Liverpool city centre.

Mr Wilkinson was given a 12-month community and supervision order for breaching his second Anti Social Behavioural Order which limited his repeated habit of feeding pigeons.