Peterhead’s “oldest raver” puts home on the market as he bids to leave area

Michael O'Rourke
Michael O'Rourke

The man, who was once dubbed Peterhead’s oldest raver, has put his home on the market as he bids to leave the north east community.

Michael O’Rourke has appeared in court on six occasions for breaching an antisocial behaviour order, which was issued to prevent him from playing his favourite songs too loudly.

It was first imposed in 2014, but despite periods of imprisonment and warnings from sheriffs, the 57-year-old, whose love of country music has frayed relationships with his neighbours, has remained defiant.

He now hopes to leave the town after admitting he had become a “nuisance” to neighbours, who might finally be spared late-night, high-decibel renditions of Jolene and Ring of Fire.

O’Rourke has employed solicitors John Adam and Stuart Flowerdew, who have represented him in previous court cases, to sell his home at 7 Gadle Braes.

Offers over £80,000 for the ground floor flat are currently being entertained.

The legal team have billed the two-bedroom home as “deceptively spacious” and boasting “stunning” sea views, and have even alluded to its history.

O’Rourke had installed, at his own expense, soundproofing measures in an effort to dampen the effect his music had on those around him.

The advertisement for his home reads: “Of particular note is the feature alcove in the living room, with adjustable lighting and soundproofing.

“This property is situated in a popular residential area of Peterhead close to a local school and amenities.

“[It] must be seen to appreciate the space this home has to offer. The property benefits from gas central heating, double glazing and a CCTV security system.”

The C & W music fan last appeared in court in April, when he revealed his intention to move away from Peterhead.

He was due to be sentenced for breaches of his Asbo and slapping a police officer.

At the time, Sheriff Andrew Miller deferred sentencing for two months to allow O’Rourke to finalise the sale of his home and prove he could display good behaviour.