Almost 200 bikers from across the country united to take a tragic Doncaster motorcyclist on his last ride.
Nathan Hemstock died last month, aged 31, when the motorbike he was riding was involved in two collisions.
Friends, family and fellow bikers met at J&S Motorcycles, Marsh Gate, Doncaster, ahead of his funeral yesterday.
They revved their engines as a mark of respect as the funeral cars passed the building, before following them to the service, at the Legacy Centre, Shaw Wood Way.
Ian Miller, J&S manager, said: “I’m struggling to know what to say at the moment. He was one of the kindest people we knew. All we want is to show him and family just how much he was loved and liked outside of his real family.”
Police closed the road to allow the procession to pass through and also escorted riders on their journey.
On Wheatley Hall Road, the funeral cars slowed down to allow all bikes to move in front of them. Once they arrived at the church, they formed a guard of honour, ready for Nathan’s arrival. Friends set up a Facebook group called ‘one last ride to the stars’ inviting people to join them. Many bikers were too upset to speak, but left messages on the page.
Amy Hutson posted: “Nathan helped me out with my kit and had the patience of a saint, what a lovely gent, thinking of you all, what a big big loss.”
Tim Morrison posted: “I won’t pretend I can imagine what his family and friends are feeling. There are no words, I wish there were.”
In response, Les Hemstock, Nathan’s uncle posted: “You people are just incredible, you’ve brought more tears to my eyes reading this in pure pride! Thank you.”
In a statement, Nathan’s family said: “We are devastated by the loss of a wonderful, talented and beautiful son, fiancé, brother, nephew and uncle. Nathan was loved by everyone that met him. He was a beautiful soul that will sadly be missed by all.”
Nathan died following a collision on Back Lane, Cusworth, on Monday, June 29, at about 8.50am.
He was riding an orange Yamaha motorcycle which was in collision with a red Audi A1, close to the junction with Sheep Walk Lane.
The motorcycle was then involved in a further collision with a red Toyota Hiace van.