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End of an era for Naked Rambler as Stephen Gough hangs up his walking boots for mum

Monday 11 April 2016

Scottish Sun reports

Naked Rambler quits

Kit on for sick mum

All nude things come to an end…

NAKED Rambler Stephen Gough has quit his nude crusade after more than a decade to care for his sick mum reports the Scottish Sun. Gough, 57, is putting aside his staunch belief in trekking with his kit off so he can take dementia sufferer Nora, 89, for strolls without being nicked. His vow to cover up comes just three months after his latest jail spell for  

Daily Mail critic Jonathan Brocklebank took a sideswipe at Naked Rambler Stephen Gough in his regular Scottish column on Wednesday. Writing on the Comment page in response to the recent Scottish Sun scoop by Chief Reporter Gordon Tait, Brocklebank said: ‘So the naked rambler Stephen Gough has at last put some clothes on to stay out of jail long enough to care for his mother Nora, who is 89 and ailing. It is the right decision, years too late. There was a time when Mr Gough’s two children needed him too. Instead of being a father to them he chose to spend the next decade in prison as nudity’s martyr. He saw something noble in that. Others, increasingly, saw something pious and stubborn.’  In a parting shot, Brocklebank concluded: ‘Gough piloted a valid, interesting debate headlong into a cliff-face of tragedy.’

In his defence quoted in the Hampshire Chronicle also on Wednesday, Gough said he is his mum’s sole carer providing 24-hour care, adding: ‘I'm looking after my mum cooking and taking her out for walks so I am staying clothed for that so that I don't get arrested. I'm doing what's necessary as she's got Alzheimer's. If circumstances change then I might be thinking again. I'm not giving up on anything.’

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public nudity. Gough, who has spent most of the last 10 years in jail said yesterday: “At the moment what’s appropriate is looking after my mum — she needs 24-hour care. If she wants to go for a wander, I’ll get dressed and go with her whatever time it is. Obviously I’m clothed when I’m doing all this — I’d get arrested if I wasn’t and then she’d have no one to look after her.” Gough, of Eastleigh, Hants, revealed Nora has also had a stroke. The ex-Marine said: “She’s gradually getting worse. I need to be here. I had to respond to what was necessary.”

“Rambling was about freedom — it was never about being naked.”

Gough hiked from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2003 wearing nothing but his rucksack, hat and boots. He was locked up several times as he tried a repeat trip two years later with then girlfriend Melanie Roberts. Scots cops later turned a blind eye, allowing him to return to England in 2012. He arrived back at Nora’s house the following year. But the ex-lorry driver continued his naked walks and prison terms. He was freed in January this year after a stretch for breaching a no-nudity Asbo.

Followers of the Naked Rambler have reacted on his Facebook supporters page with one saying:  “They don't seem to have asked, and he didn't say, whether this is a permanent change, or if he expects to ramble nakedly again when he's no longer responsible for his mother's care!

Katie Grant’s view in the Essential Daily Briefing for i News says “Now spring is here, the naturist is indulging in “a bit of sunbathing here and there”, but he is anxious about going naked too often for fear of being arrested and leaving his mother helpless.” More i News

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