A bearded old man who sits on the side of the road between two seaside resorts waving at every car has become an internet hit.
The man – who calls himself Moses-Peter – has spent years perched on a chair between Torquay and Paignton in Devon.
Every day he dons beads and a headband and sits on a portable chair on the A3022 waving at passers-by for hours at a time.
Motorists have now set up a Facebook site called ‘Strange Old Man Who Sits On A Bench On The Road Between Torquay And Paignton’.
The site has attracted more than 5,000 followers from around the UK – many of whom have seen him while they were on holiday.
Estate agent Keith Bowden said he often sees the man – who never seems to tire of waving and is always smiling.
He said: ”He seems to be one of life’s eccentrics but he seems publicity shy. No-one knows a thing about him but most people wave back, and drivers beep their horns.”
Fan Kelly Child said: ”It gives me an overwhelming sense of happiness when he waves at me. This man is, somehow, magical.”
Another fan Mags Powell added: ”He’s delightful. A man who seems truly happy in his own skin, with a smile and a wave for everyone. Long may he carry on.”
The mystery man has refused to comment on why he does his daily trips to the trunk road – or why he waves at all the cars.
He said: ”I am spreading a message of joy, love and happiness.”
I think he is a lovely man who is very friendly! I always wave to him whe i go past on the bus!