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Streak of Peace

Published on July 20th 2005.

Ever since Erica Roe revealed her ample assets at Twickenham in 1982, Britain has developed a fun thrilled love affair with members of the public who have bigger balls than the rest of us - so to speak - and now it seems Manchester has its very own spot on the streaking landscape.

Andrea Hall, 29, has been raising a few eyebrows and blood pressures by running down Tib Street at 1pm on the dot, stark naked for the last three Fridays. With crowds swelling to see the show, from workmen (no surprise there) to office workers filing the streets to see the rude bits.

Guaranteed to fill up space in tabloids, and despite being illegal, us Brits go crazy for a free glimpse of flapping flesh, and you don't even have to be good looking, with sporting events around the country including Wimbledon in London to the Snooker World Championships in Sheffield all experiencing some form of nude assault. That bloke at Lords also narrowly avoided giving himself a googly by the width of a cricket stump.

But what compels people to streak in the first place? Attention seeking? Psychological defects? Or maybe it was just the hot weather. Having spent the last week sat on a beach in Newquay with my white body exposed for all and sundry (crotch area excluded) not giving a toss what anyone thought, I can certainly agree with the last one, although it seems Andrea was just running naked for peace and to cheer everyone up.

The fact that it was in Tib Street, former home of Manchester’s massage parlours (apparently) may suggest she was a lady of the night who just got up early, or the fact that it also used to be home to Manchester’s pet shops may suggest she may have just been after something for her puppies (Thank God you didn’t say "beaver" – Gordo).

After a few confused old ladies saw Andrea for the first time, they just put it down to something they ate, but after a second and third eyeful, the hunt was on to find the woman dubbed as the 'Tib Street Streaker'. But unfortunately, this Friday’s planned camera crews, helicopters and SWAT teams that had planned to give her more attention than the Michael Jackson trial, had to be put on hold, for the streaker was revealed midweek as Andrea Hall who is actually just a fitness fanatic and mum of three from Manchester who wanted to put a few smiles on people's faces after recent depressing events....Good on you Andrea.

Now that her identity has been revealed, question marks remain over whether or not she will be carrying on her lunchtime streak - we reckon she probably should – or whether any copycats will start stripping off across the city, culminating in next year’s Manchester Run actually becoming the Naked Manchester Run – Im pretty sure my sponsorship would have doubled if it had been, although the jostling for position at the start line might have been a bit weird. After ripping her jeans and baring her backside, as well as numerous drunken lapdancing exploits, Young Faye is certainly up for it.

Let’s hope it doesn’t catch on too much though - Gordo has been promising staff that he’ll show his arse in Deansgate for years now…

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