Biker ‘an angel of mercy’

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A mystery Hell’s Angel turned angel of mercy when he escorted a lost woman to a Sheffield crematorium in the nick of time for a friend’s funeral.

Now Gwen Layland, aged 68, from Greater Manchester, wants to thank the unknown biker who came to her aid, and is appealing for him to come forward.

Gwen drove to Sheffield for the funeral of her son’s father-in-law, Les Preston, at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium last Friday.

But, when she came off the M1 at Meadowhall, she got horribly lost.

Gwen said: “My sat nav wouldn’t work and I couldn’t get back on the right track with my instructions even after stopping and asking for directions.

“I was on the wrong side of the city and by 1.15pm I was desperate - I didn’t know where I was, or how to get to the funeral for 2pm.”

Then Gwen spotted a group of bikers at a repair garage and asked them for help.

“I was a biker’s moll in years gone by so I knew they were always helpful!” she said.

“And one of them said, ‘I’ll take you there – we’ve just enough time to make it’.

“He escorted me all the way - which took 40 minutes.

“We arrived with not a minute to spare just before the ceremony began.”

The mystery man was in his late 40s to mid 50s, and wearing a denim jacket and waterproof trousers, and riding a chopper-type motorcycle.

He had a ‘weathered’ face and spoke with a local accent.

Gwen said: “I was so stressed that I didn’t ask his name. But I hope someone he knows reads this and gets in touch because I’d like to thank him most sincerely for his kindness. Bikers are the salt of the earth.”

n Are you the mystery biker or do you know him? Call The Star on 0114 276 7676 ext 3527.