Bikers pay their respects with funeral escort for Hartford man Andy Symmons

The funeral of Andy Symmons

The funeral of Andy Symmons - Credit: Archant

Motorcycle riders from across the region gathered on Tuesday to lead a funeral escort for a fellow biker, after he was killed in a crash.

Andy Symmons of Barn Close, in Hartford, died after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a van on the junction of Ermine Street and Lancaster Way, in Huntingdon, on Wednesday, February 10.

In a fitting tribute, dozens turned up to ride behind the hearse in a journey from Anglia Co-operative Funerals, Huntingdon Street, in St Neots, to Bedford Crematorium.

One of those who attended was Dave Wilding Glendye from the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

He said: “This was something that we could do to help the family in a little way throughout this day.”

Members from groups including the Peterborough Motorcycle Action Group, the Harley Owners Group and the Thetford & District Motorcycle Club came together in a show of support.

Another of those that turned up was Ian Smith, also from the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

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Mr Smith said: “There were also people from a number of local clubs and groups. It is lovely to see as you bump into different people at events and get to know faces – that is where I knew Andy.”

The 44-year-old was known for his love of bikes which he shared with partner Karen and son Dean by attending motorcycle shows across the country each year.

He also frequently rode across the country on the back of his beloved Kawasaki ZZR1400 – ‘The Big Z’.

In a tribute to their dad, children Dean, Cara and Zoe, said in The Hunts Post last month: “Although he was taken from us all too soon, he did take his pride and joy with him and we are all sure he’s showing it off proudly to everyone up there.

“Our dad died doing what he loved the most and this is something we can take comfort in.

“Keep riding Dad, and be sure to watch over us all once in a while.”

As a part of the celebration of Andy’s life family and friends also donned the shirts of his favourite football team, Chelsea.