Dad rewrites YMCA lyrics in bid to get driving licence back after brain tumour

Norwich dad James Robinson produced a YMCA cover in a bid to get his driving licence back (Picture:

Norwich dad James Robinson produced a YMCA cover in a bid to get his driving licence back (Picture: James Robinson) - Credit: Archant

A Norwich father of three is hoping to go viral after creating a campaign video with a difference.

James Robinson, who re-wrote the lyrics to the YMCA, calling on the DVLA to return his driving licen

James Robinson, who re-wrote the lyrics to the YMCA, calling on the DVLA to return his driving licence. Photo: James Robinson - Credit: James Robinson

James Robinson, 39, has rewritten the words to the YMCA to ask the DVLA to give him his driving licence back.

He surrendered it in 2016 after suffering a series of seizures caused by a brain tumour, but has now been seizure free for a year after having it removed.

'It's so frustrating. I've got three kids, and it's always been a juggle with my wife and when one of them has to go to ballet and another somewhere else. But you take me out of the equation and I literally feel like a spare part,' he said.

Mr Robinson, who is a photographer and a musician, sent off his paperwork in May but despite phoning every month since, he hasn't had an answer.

'I just want to know if it's a yes or a no. I totally get it if I'm not allowed to drive. I'll make a different life, I'll be bus man or I'll be train man, but everyday I'm wondering and it's eating away.


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'I can't get angry because I've got three kids. Sometimes you need to vent in other ways, this just seemed right. I've got the studio and the gear, I didn't really know what to do but I just had to do something,' he said.

James Robinson, his wife Caron and their three children. (Picture: James Robinson)

James Robinson, his wife Caron and their three children. (Picture: James Robinson) - Credit: Archant

A spokesperson from the DVLA said: 'James has made a creative video - he has certainly got our attention and we are reviewing his case.

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'However, the law is clear that all drivers must meet the minimum medical standards for driving.

'While we appreciate that not being able to drive has been difficult for James, in complex medical cases we often need additional information from medical professionals before we can make a licensing decision.'

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