Mystery Sheffield biker is uncovered

Terry Thornton was the Good Samartian who helped lost motorist Gwen Layland
Terry Thornton was the Good Samartian who helped lost motorist Gwen Layland
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A mystery biker who drove 40 minutes out of his way to help a lost pensioner get to her friend’s funeral has come forward after an appeal in The Star.

Terry Thornton, aged 67, got in touch after The Star ran a story last week appealing for the unknown Good Samaritan to get in touch.

Gwen Layland, 68, from Greater Manchester wanted to thank the motorcyclist after he helped her get to the funeral of her son’s father-in-law at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium in Beauchief.

He escorted her across the city, but she was in such a rush when they parted company she forgot to ask for his name.

Gwen said she got lost after pulling off the M1 at Meadowhall.

She stopped at Sheffield Motorcycles on Derek Dooley Way to ask for help to get to Abbey Lane.

Terry, who was there having a coffee and a chat with friends after a bike ride, offered to escort her to the service on his Yamaha 750 Verago.

They made it with only minutes to spare before the ceremony began.

Terry, a retired lifeguard, from Bluebell Close, Wincobank, said: “I could see she was distressed and I wanted to help.

“The main thing was that she got there.

“I lost her a couple of times as it was busy but we made it.

“It cost nothing and I wasn’t really doing anything, we were just sitting there gassing.”

Terry has been a biker for over 50 years and is a member of Sheffield Independent Bikers.

He said he drops in to Sheffield Motorcycles regularly and, when he went back a few days later, the owner asked if he’d seen the appeal in The Star.

Terry said: “He had The Star’s website on his mobile phone and he’d seen a story about a mystery biker.

“I went and got a Star and realised it was me.”

Gwen, from Oldham, said: “I’m so pleased he has come forward.

“It means I can phone him and thank him.

“When we got to the crematorium I said thank you and gave him a quick hug but I wanted to say thank you properly.

“I’m really glad that The Star managed to track him down.”

Terry added: “Bikers do tend to have a bad reputation but hopefully this goes to show we’re not all bad!”