Do it for David: Appeal for motorcyclists to join funeral procession
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The family of a popular motorbike enthusiast is asking motorcyclists to join his funeral procession as a final act of remembrance.
Norwich-born David Gurney, 77, was battling terminal cancer and passed away peacefully with his sister Cindy and her daughter Wendy by his side.
Mr Gurney was always passionate about motorbikes and his sister thinks a convoy of motorbikes at his funeral would make a fitting tribute.
In April, activities coordinator at Oakwood House Nursing Home in Colney, Emily Wilson, arranged for a group of motorcylists to visit Mr Gurney at the home where he lived since November 2016.
Originally, only a small group of riders were expected to visit, however, the idea snowballed on social media and 80 motorbikes rolled up to the home.
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Mrs Wilson said: 'It was a huge event for him when we had the motorbikes turn out in April.
'Afterwards, I made him a scrapbook with newspaper clippings and photos in it. When I gave it to him he cried because he was so overwhelmed.'
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Now, it is hoped motorcyclists will turn out one last time to honour Mr Gurney.
The former shoe factory and boat-yard worker will be carried in a sidecar hearse from Oakwood House and motorcylists are invited to join the convoy to the chapel in Earlham where he will be buried.
Mrs Wilson said they would encourage anybody with a motorbike to come along.
She said: 'Anyone with a bike can come along, and any kind of bike. Last time we had tiny 50s to big old Harleys, sports bikes, a great mixture.'
Mr Gurney became incredibly popular at Oakwood House over a relatively short period of time, Mrs Wilson added.
She said: 'David was hugely popular, everybody knew him. Not just people who live and work here but people who would come in, visitors, even delivery drivers - he would talk to anybody.
'He was so brave and positive throughout his illness and such a big big part of Oakwood House. He is sorely missed by both residents and staff.
'It would mean the world to him to have motorbikes at his send off.'
The date for the funeral will be confirmed in early January and motorcyclists will be invited back to Oakwood House for refreshments after the procession.
To keep up to date with plans, visit the Facebook event page.