I revisited my childhood dream after years of setbacks

A Merseyside pensioner decided to revisit his childhood dream during retirement after facing health problems.

Bob Gormley, 76, has written two children’s books, with a third on the way.

Mr Gormley, who lives in Broad Green, retired from working as a business owner 17 years ago. But the 76-year-old refused to have a boring retirement.

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After suffering two strokes and undergoing two open heart surgeries, Bob decided to create something special - inspired by his own childhood dream.

He told the ECHO: “If you retire or have been ill, it doesn’t end there. I see some people who have given up, I encourage them to think of one thing you’ve never done and have a go”.

His first book, titled Tucker, revolves around a dream Bob had of living behind a clock face in the Royal Liver Building.

Tucker, a young boy who lives Bob’s dream, discovers that the two Liver Birds, Bella and Bertie, come to life at night and fly around the city.

Tucker befriends the birds and joins them on their adventures and helping those in need.

After Bob read his books out at St Vincent’s School, a specialist school for children with sensory impairment, Braille and large print copies were supplied for the children to enjoy.

The sequel, Tucker and the Stolen Pets includes the names of forty Beatles songs dotted throughout the text.

This allows parents to set themselves a challenge to find all the song titles whilst reading the book to their children.

After growing up on Breck Road as one of six children, Bob started working on a building site at age 14.

He went on to work as a roofer on the Royal Albert Dock and even opened a café in the city centre.

Despite having always been interested in books, it was Bob’s wife Trish who motivated him to bite the bullet and write his own.

She joked: “Write a book so you don’t go senile!”

Bob is busy working on his third book in which Tucker and the Liver Birds begin to travel through time.

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