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Bikers’ funeral salute to Smiler from Stalham

10:00 27 July 2013

Bikers meeting at Stalham station carpark to convoy to the funeral of biker Stephen Miles.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Bikers meeting at Stalham station carpark to convoy to the funeral of biker Stephen Miles. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

A popular biker who had an “unusual life” was given a fitting send off yesterday after a five-year battle with liver failure.

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Stephen Miles, 54, known as Smiler, from Stalham, died on July 2 in hospital.

More than 100 bikers, including members of the Norwich-based Sunday Club, took part in a cavalcade from Stalham High Street ahead of his funeral at St Faiths Crematorium in Horsham St Faith.

Mr Miles was born in Caister, grew up in Ormesby and attended the former Paston Grammar School in North Walsham before leaving aged 17 to join a bike club.

He was involved in the battle over the Norwich Argyle Street Squat in the 1980s and took ownership of the land for hippie travellers in Sea Palling in the 1990s.

Friend Matt Rayner said Mr Miles stood for fun, freedom and was a character.

He had four daughters and nine grandchildren.

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6 comments

  • He was far too young to die. My condolences to his family and everyone who personally knew him.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

  • Knew Smiler since I was 4 years old, he was a man to be admired. Im proud to be a part of his send off yesterday, his family, friends & club did him proud. RIP Smiler, give em' hell up there!

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    Lenny Grease-Monkey

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

  • Everybody I`ve spoken to has said what a lovely fellow he was.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

  • An impressive cavalcade of motorcyclists yesterday. I never met Mr. Miles, what did he do for a living?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

  • He was far too young to die. My condolences to his family and everyone who personally knew him.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

  • RIP Smiler, he died too young. He was a friendly chap who went out of his way to help others.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

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