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Tribute cavalcade to Lowestoft biker

PUBLISHED: 07:20 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:47 06 July 2010

The funeral procession for motorcyclist John Newberry

The funeral procession for motorcyclist John Newberry

For a man so devoted to motorbikes, it was only fitting his final journey should be accompanied by dozens of riders in a tribute cavalcade.

Bikes of all shapes and sizes accompanied the funeral cortege of 61-year-old Lowestoft man John Newberry as it left his home in Viburnham Green yesterday.

John Newberry

For a man so devoted to motorbikes, it was only fitting his final journey should be accompanied by dozens of riders in a tribute cavalcade.

Bikes of all shapes and sizes accompanied the funeral cortege of 61-year-old Lowestoft man John Newberry as it left his home in Viburnham Green yesterday.

Mr Newberry, who died in a road crash last month, was taken to Gorleston Crematorium in a motorcycle hearse pulled by a Harley Davidson and there was standing room only as family and friends gathered for the ceremony.

About 60 bikes, some carrying pillion passengers, made for a striking sight as they pulled into the crematorium grounds.

The humanist service heard warm tributes to grandfather Mr New-berry, who was on his way to visit friends at a motorcycle workshop when his Kawasaki bike was involved in a collision with a car in Rotterdam Road on April 21.

The mourners heard how Mr Newberry was born and brought up in Bradford, but moved to Lowestoft to work as a trawlerman. He later ran his own haulage firm.

A personal tribute was read out on behalf of Mr Newberry's daughter Cara Gault, who lives with her husband Doug and their children Georgia, 15, and Luke, 12.

Mr Newberry was a loving grandfather, who affectionately called Georgia “his princess” and Luke “tiger”, the service heard.

There was also music, including November Rain by Guns N' Roses and Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf, and readings before Mr Newberry was taken back to Lowestoft for burial in the town's cemetery.

Speaking after the service, Mrs Gault said: “It went really well and I was very pleased. It was definitely what I wanted. It showed a lot of love and respect that people had for dad.”

The funeral also heard tributes to Mr and Mrs Gault's soldier nephew Sean Binnie, who was killed while on service in Afghanistan 16 days after Mr Newberry's death.

Cpl Binnie, who served with the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was shot after being ambushed by the Taliban while protecting friends near Musa Qal'eh in the Helmand province.

The 22-year-old grew up in Lowestoft and attended Denes High School before moving to Scotland when he was 15. He had been married to Amanda for just six months.

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