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SMILLIE'S NUDE TV CHAT UP; Naked Rambler asks for date.


FLUSTERED Carol Smillie was left blushing when the Naked Rambler asked her for a date during a TV court.

The People's Court host laid into Stephen Gough, asking: "Do you not worry about your kids being embarrassed, because they get bullied very easily at school now?"

But Stephen revealed his bare-faced cheek by asking Carol: "Do you want to go out for a drink later?"

Mr Gough, 45, was jailed twice last year as he walked naked from Land's End to John O'Groats.

And he was hauled before the People's Court after former partner Alison Ward claimed he could not be a proper father to his two children until he covered up.

A whopping 91 per cent of viewers agreed after Alison revealed that her daughter Kiana, nine, and seven-year-old son Yarin were mortified by their father's antics.

Miss Ward won pounds 1,000 compensation amid claims that Mr Gough, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, had "financially abandoned" his family.

But the defiant former Royal Marine, training for a second trek, said: "I am challenging ideas about the human body.

"I am setting a good example to my children because I want them to grow up as individuals and be free. They may not understand it right now but they will.

"I can't work because I am in training for my next walk. It is not selfish. The walk will get people talking. This is not a gimmick."

Miss Ward, who was with Mr Gough for 10 years, said: "The children would prefer their dad not to be so high-profile.

"The nakedness started when we moved to Canada four years ago.

"But gradually it became more frequent and I became concerned about the effects it would have on the children.

"Parenting should be a joint effort. He chose to start a family long before he chose to campaign for nudity."

Judge Jerome Lynch QC told Gough: "Think again. You have made your point."


SO CHEEKY: Naked Rambler Stephen Gough left Carol red-faced with date plea; FED UP: Alison is angry that Stephen's antics are embarrassing their children
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2005
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