Fitting farewell for biker who was a ‘ gentleman’

Cavalacade: Biker pals at the funeral of Kim Broo Head.  Pictures: Steve Parkin.
Cavalacade: Biker pals at the funeral of Kim Broo Head. Pictures: Steve Parkin.
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FRIENDS of a Sheffield man killed in a motorcyling accident joined him on his final journey to his resting place - by forming a cavalcade alongside his coffin.

Bikers paid their last respects to Kim Broomhead, aged 51, of Cliff Street, Sharrow, by gathering outside his house ahead of his funeral and riding together with the funeral car to City Road Crematorium.

Movingly, Kim’s motorbike helmet was placed on the top of his coffin along with one floral wreath.

The dad-of-two suffered catastrophic injuries in a collision with 28-year-old cyclist Mathew Hook, of Leadmill Court in Sheffield city centre, when the two men were travelling along the A621 Dronfield to Baslow road on Sunday, September 25. Both men were travelling in opposite directions at the time. Kim was heading towards Sheffield while Mathew was travelling towards Baslow.

Last week Kim’s partner Penny Bell, 41, told The Star she has been left devastated by his death, which happened after he reignited his passion for motorbiking just seven months ago. Kim bought his Suzuki GSXR bike weeks before the tragedy.

Penny said Kim was ‘the perfect gentleman in every way’, adding: “I feel like someone has strangled my heart.”

Before the funeral his mum, Sheila Broomhead, said the cavalcade would be ‘the perfect tribute’. Mathew, originally from Ripley in Derbyshire, is to be laid to rest at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby, at 3.10pm on Thursday, October 13.

An inquest into the circumstances surrounding the crash is to be held at a date to be fixed once inquiries into the incident are carried out for the coroner.