Kind-hearted motorcyclists came together to pay tributes to an Ellesmere Port biker who died after battling a heart condition.
More than 50 local bikers from Ellesmere Port gave Graham Allen the ‘best send off he could have had’ after escorting him to his funeral at St Paul’s Church on Wednesday (October 5).
The 69-year-old biker from Hawthorn Road died last month after suffering a long battle with heart failure.
In March earlier this year, Graham was told he would have no longer than six months left to live as a result of his illness.
At the end of September, Graham took a turn for the worse and died at his home in Ellesmere Port.
While arranging Graham’s funeral, his son David Allen took to Facebook, calling on a group of local bikers to escort his dad to the church.
Within a couple of days, the social media post had been shared by more than 1,300 people and more than 50 local bikers came forward to ride with Graham for the final time.
David said the response was “so overwhelming”.
“My dad was a life long biker and we wanted to give him a good send off so we put up a post on Facebook asking if anyone was free on October 5 to escort him on his last journey to the church,” he said.
“The response was amazing - the post was getting shared all over and I even got a message from a lady in Arizona.
“It was wonderful how the biker community came together for my dad’s final ride - what a send off.
“Dad always loved his motorbikes and he sure would have felt the earthquake as we rumbled along.
“He would have been so very proud and I think a bit emotional as so many people had shown so much kindness towards him.”
Graham’s wife, Margaret Allen, said it was ‘such a shock’ that so many bikers came out to pay tribute to Graham on the day.
“It was really respectful for them all to turn up - we were worried not a single bike would come out on the day,” she said.
“It was very emotional - Graham would have been amazed, it was the best send off he could have had - he would have been really pleased.
“Graham loved being out in the fresh air and having the wind blowing in his face.
“He loved that he could go wherever it took him - we had some good times.
“He could be a grumpy old git but he was always happy when he was on his bike.
“He will be missed dearly by us all.”
David added: “The bikers really pulled out all the stops - I am so proud to call myself a biker just like my dad.
“He would have been smiling from ear to ear.
“As a family we would like to thank the community for all the support and love that had been shown to us - we will be eternally grateful.”