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He’s been making individuals smile and, by his own admission, distressing individuals for 40 years and has no plans to hang up his jester’s hat.Jake Mangle-Wurzel is preparing to mark 40 years as Huddersfield’s premier eccentric and will likewise commemorate his 80th birthday in May.Jake, who resides in a caravan at

Salendine Nook, is already well on with his autobiography which is entitled The Making of Mangle-Wurzel. Needless to say he expects the book to become a best-seller and then be the basis for a movie.”When my book is completed I will hand it to an expert author who will edit it into a best-seller and then it will be a major film. I want to be played by Christopher Ecclestone as he is long and lean like me.”

Jake Mangle-Wurzel (left) desires Christopher Ecclestone(ideal) to play him in a film of his life

He means the book to be a ‘warts and all’ account of his life, including his fights with depression and confrontations with the law.

“My very first 40 years were anguish and then I conserved myself and turned myself into this character, the incredible Wurzel.”

Jake– born John Gray– changed his name to Jake Mangle-Wurzel in 1978 following a long battle with anxiety and suicidal thoughts.He states his approaches of conquering depression ought to have triggered demand from psychological health charities for suggestions and speaking engagements– but he has been disregarded.”I have actually offered myself to the leaders of these groups

as an inspirational speaker since I was there for 25 years of my life, from 14 to 39 … but no one has come back to me. I am disgusted that they have not taken me up on my deal.”Jake claims to have actually composed half of his autobiography to date, all in long hand.

Jake Mangle-Wurzel


View gallery” I am writing it in sections. About my parents, my excellent grandfather, my anxiety, my RAF profession, my engineering apprenticeship, my marital relationship, my child who is coming near 47. I am blogging about how I changed my character.”

Jake says that he didn’t have a sense of humour up until he altered his name from plain John Gray.

“For the first 40 years I had no sense of humour. Individuals who know my wit now can not believe this. It’s a miracle and I am a genius.”

The book will chronicle his numerous scrapes with the authorities, consisting of the council and the police.He will also expose more about his relationships with women.”I am on my seventh partner,”he states.

Jake enjoying a cigarette in your home in his caravan”Jackie (his partner) is a vampire who resides in Leeds. We wed at Leeds Town Hall on my 71st birthday. We speak on the phone regularly. It’s not unconsummated– that would spoil it. We are simply buddies.”

He confesses that he can be disrespectful about individuals which he has a “love-hate relationship with females” and doesn’t have much time for the human race in general, choosing the business of dogs.His present companion is a pet dog called Willie Wurzel.

“I have half a lots really real and sincere, loyal good friends. Considering that I was 14 I have felt a barrier between myself and the rest of humanity.

“I simply do not get on with people consisting of journalists. Since 14 I have been obsessed with reality and sincerity but I have discovered humankind awash with lying, selfishness and greed.

Jake Mangel-Wurzel clearing his valuables from public land next to his property at Peat Ponds, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield.

“I just can’t agree it. I let the world live as it desires and I live as I pick.”

Jake says the book will include his take on battles he’s had with the authorities.

“It will be warts and all. I am going to drop loads of individuals in deep ****.”

Jake says that his outlook on life has remained confident through the ups and downs, consisting of fires which ruined his home and possessions.

“In spite of all the losses I am still cheerful, confident and resilient.”