He was the park guard of Gloucester, who gained world-wide fame, while every summer he regularly suffered attacks from a seagull named "Wellington Bomber".

More than 20 years after the annoying bird started bombing him for six long summers, Don Weston died.

Films and images of Don, running across Wellington Street parking lot with the angry seagull attacking him, were released and broadcast worldwide during his painful years from the mid-1990s.



Don Weston, also known as the Seagull Man, runs into cover when he is exposed to an air raid by a seagull named Wellington Bomber.
Don Weston, also known as the Seagull Man, runs into cover when he is exposed to an air raid by a seagull named Wellington Bomber.

Seagull attacks began in 1995, but became more intense in later years when Don was constantly being pecked by the falling bird.



Don Weston, also known as the Seagull Man, runs into cover when he is exposed to an air raid by a seagull named Wellington Bomber.
Don Weston, also known as the Seagull Man, runs into cover when he is exposed to an air raid by a seagull named Wellington Bomber.

Don's experiences with the Seagull made him so famous that he appeared on German television and was invited to roll the balls for the Italian national lottery. He also became known in Japan.

He received many postcards from around the world addressed to The Car Park Man, Gloucester. There was even a letter of condolence from British troops in Belize who had read about his plight!

Strangely enough, it was only he the seagull did not like – she ignored other people in the parking lot at all.

Don said then: "I know, it's not good to dress up – the bird always recognizes me, he even knows my cough.

"But if I go with someone else over the parking lot, I have no other choice – it's only for me when I'm alone."

After several years of being regularly attacked by his enemy seagull, Don did indeed write a children's book, The Adventures of Don and Swoop. about his experiences.

He paid for the publication of 2,000 copies and sold them to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a charity he regularly supported.



Parking attendant Don Weston was honored by the Motor Neurone Association's Gloucestershire office for recognition of over £ 20,000 for the club. The deputy chairman of the association Iona Robins (right) presented Don the price in the parking lot.
Parking attendant Don Weston was honored by the Motor Neurone Association's Gloucestershire office for recognition of over £ 20,000 for the club. The deputy chairman of the association Iona Robins (right) presented Don the price in the parking lot.

In fact, donations are invited in his memory for the union instead of flowers for his funeral.

The 75-year-old ran the Wellington Street parking lot until his death last month and managed to see the last part of his terrorist attack nicknamed Swoop, which disappeared not long after the new millennium began.



Don Weston, a park guard in Gloucester who was attacked by seagulls and then wrote a children's book about his experiences, visited the Calton Infant School in Gloucester to tell the children about his adventures with the birds. One of the first questions the children asked was to see where the gulls hacked him. Here he shows the scars to five-year-old Josh Yeomans.
Don Weston, a park guard in Gloucester who was attacked by seagulls and then wrote a children's book about his experiences, visited the Calton Infant School in Gloucester to tell the children about his adventures with the birds. One of the first questions the children asked was to see where the gulls hacked him. Here he shows the scars to five-year-old Josh Yeomans.

Don rented the lot for his parking lot at the United Schools Charity in Gloucester, and worked as a companion on a regular basis, though in later years he also instructed others to take care of it.

But it was his six-year shelling by the seagull that he will always remember.

Public announcements about his funeral describe him as Donald Ralph Weston & # 39; The Seagull Man & # 39 ;.



Don Weston, a park guard in Gloucester who was attacked by seagulls and then wrote a children's book about his experiences, visited the Calton Infant School in Gloucester to tell the children about his adventures with the birds.
Don Weston, a park guard in Gloucester who was attacked by seagulls and then wrote a children's book about his experiences, visited the Calton Infant School in Gloucester to tell the children about his adventures with the birds.

Iona Robins, widow of Gloucester's former City Council chairman Peter Robins, said, "Don was a very nice man, a lovely man, but also a shy man, and he always made a big contribution to the charity for Motone Neurone Disease.

"Despite his experiences with this seagull, he really liked the birds and once he had an injured baby seagull in the parking lot, he picked her up and took care of it.

He lived alone so far as I know, he was married many years ago, but he had a son who died at the age of two, and I think that broke up the marriage, and I think he has a daughter too. "

Mr. Weston had lived in Hempsted for many years, where he had a painting of the seagull that had attacked him at his wrought-iron gates, but at the time of his death he lived in Longlevens, where he was found dead on August 12th.

The City Council of Gloucester, Paul James (C, Longlevens), knew Mr. Weston and also honored him.

The city council chairman said, "Don was a true Gloucester character and the city will be a less colorful place without him.

"Don loved the seagulls, even though he was targeted by them, and he was also a very generous man who supported a number of different reasons.

"Although he became known internationally, he was a very modest man and never forgot the people who helped him succeed in the business."



Don Weston, famous for being gagged by a seagull in his parking lot at Hampden Way, Gloucester, hired a traveler who specialized in wood carving to create the Three Bears, which had a high profile in his garden in Hempsted , He originally placed the trio at the front of the house and then planned to take it out of sight of his garden, but he was forced to leave them where they were when the local kids were upset about not seeing their favorite characters to be able to. Don with Daddy Bear, who is almost a meter tall.
Don Weston, famous for being gagged by a seagull in his parking lot at Hampden Way, Gloucester, hired a traveler who specialized in wood carving to create the Three Bears, which had a high profile in his garden in Hempsted , He originally placed the trio in front of the house and then planned to take it out of sight of his garden, but he was forced to leave them where they were when the children were raised on the spot because they did not see their favorite characters could . Don with Daddy Bear, who is almost a meter tall.

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Don's funeral will take place this Wednesday, September 18, at 10:30 am at the Gloucester Crematorium.

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