Motorbike enthusiast’s ‘emotional’ send-off as bikers respond to online appeal
PUBLISHED: 10:33 30 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:33 30 January 2020
The final wish of a motorbike enthusiast from Norwich has been granted after bikers travelled from across the country to provide a funeral escort.
John Smith fell in love with bikes from a young age and told his family his request shortly before he died on December 29.
Mr Smith, who was 68, was unable to ride himself after contracting polio aged five, and would often ride as a passenger or fix up bikes in his spare time.
His granddaughter Caitlyn set out to make her hero's wish come true and launched an online appeal for motorbikes - especially Harley-Davidson's to attend.
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Some 20 bikes, including a 'fair few' Harley-Davidson's turned up for the procession on Monday.
Miss Taylor said: "It really went amazingly well. It was very emotional to see them, knowing that they'd made journeys to travel, some from the south coast of England.
"It meant a lot to the family that my granddad was able to have his wish."
Mr Smith leaves behind his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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