Scooter pals join Richard for final ride
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Scootering fans gathered from across Norfolk and Suffolk for a poignant final ride for one of the movement's most popular personalities and genuine 'top bloke.'
Richard Turner, known in Great Yarmouth as 'Pinhead', was given a moving farewell tribute at his funeral service on Monday with almost 50 riders mounting a caring cavalcade in his honour.
He died aged 49 on February 4 after an accident at work on January 10 with his family at his bedside in intensive care at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
The former Benjamin Britten High School pupil was deeply popular on the scootering scene in Great Yarmouth from its 1970s heyday to the present day, with the resort continuing to draw riders from across the country.
His family moved to Gorleston from Lound in 1979.
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Richard also travelled to scooter rallies across the UK and supported local scooter clubs including The Sidewinders SC and his present scooter club Sausage Speed SC, set up about three years ago by Steve Porter, who sadly died. but the club was kept running in his memory.
Almost 50 scooter riders followed the funeral procession from Hopton, along the A12 to the Gorleston crematorium.
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The cavalcade rode alongside his family including brother Kevin, and sisters Theresa and Danni, with many friends and family travelling long distances to pay their last respects.
Many of those gathered at the service remembered him from his work days as dining hall assistant at Caister's Ladbrokes Holiday Camp and also his many years at Yarco fencing company.
Richard's widow Rebecca said she was overwhelmed with the turnout on Monday,
She said: 'He is the love of my life, the perfect gentle giant and my rock, such a wonderful man in every way.
'He was an amazing son-in-law to Brian and Elizabeth Atkinson and they have been so proud of how he cared for their daughter and two grand children.'
His sister Theresa added: 'He was always a prankster when we were younger, but he was always there if I needed him.
'He was an absolute star, very kind and thoughtful and very supporting to his friends, such a tower of strength to his family and friends, always ever popular and happy.
'Obviously he was taken too soon, but he was particularly gifted in his own way and loved by everyone.'
Fellow scooter rider Scott Smith from Gorleston, said: 'Richard really was one of the top blokes. It was him and a few others that started me into scooters in the first place back in the 1980s.
'He was always happy, never a bad word to say about anyone, truly the best guy anyone could meet.
'When his wife Rebecca asked me to see if any fellow riders wanted to ride behind the car at the funeral - well just look at the turn out for yourself, says it all.'
Richard leaves behind children Hannah, 24, and Callum, 20, and two step children Bethany, 25, and Jay, 20.