Hundreds join Kings Lynn ‘cruise’ to Hunstanton to pay tribute to crash victim Russell Coombes

Russell Coombes tribute rally

Russell Coombes tribute rally - Credit: Archant

More than 400 young drivers paid tribute to their friend by getting together and celebrating his true passion - for motorbikes and cars.

Russell Coombes

Russell Coombes - Credit: Archant

They all took part a 'cruise' between King's Lynn and Hunstanton to remember crash victim Russell Coombes, of Marshland St James, near Wisbech.

As the former College of West Anglia student who adored motor vehicles, his family and friends felt the event was the best way to pay their respects.

And at Halfords car park in King's Lynn on Saturday evening they came together – in extraordinary numbers - to demonstrate their love for him.

The cars then set off for a ride to Hunstanton, one of Mr Coombes' favourite places, and many gathered at the cliff top car park to light lanterns and let off fireworks in his memory.

His father, Nigel, said: 'Russ would have loved it so much he'd be buzzing for days! Such a great turnout – and totally filled Halfords car park.'

Mr Coombes posted on his son's Facebook tribute page: 'Revving up, popping exhaust, burning tyres car after car…. Wow. Lights as far as I could see in the convoy to Hunstanton,

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'Fireworks on the beach was awesome, rolling around the floor laughing, Russ would have been hysterical, with the rocket stuck in the sand sparks flying everywhere, sending the lanterns aloft, lighting the night sky filling the air with thoughts of Russ.

'Yes ok I shed a few tears tonight well what proud father wouldn't? I was just blown away after seeing so many people coming together to give tribute to a legend, my son Russell Coombes.'

The 21-year-old died in a motorbike crash in Spalding, Lincs, on December 29. Police say no other vehicle was involved.

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