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Tens of thousands of motorcycists flock to Barrow to celebrate life of Dave Myers

Image: Westmorland & Furness Council

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists completed a mammoth ride from London to Barrow to celebrate the life of Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

The TV chef died in February, at the age of 66, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

'Dave Day' saw a huge remembrance procession of bikers journeying from the capital.

It’s believed more than 46,000 people joined the ride up the country, with up to 20,000 arriving in Barrow.

Here are just a few of them passing through North Lancashire on the M6, where crowds packed onto bridges to show their support.

Once in Barrow, there was a concert at Craven Park, home of Barrow Raiders rugby league team, and also an afternoon of entertainment outside Barrow Town Hall organised by Barrow BID, that featured an appearance from Si King, Dave Myers’ Hairy Biker colleague and close friend, and Dave Myers’ wife Liliana.

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The pair took to the stage outside Barrow town hall to address the large crowd.

"I don't know where to begin. What a welcome from Barrow. Without you, the day would not have happened,’’ said Si.

"Every single motorcyclist that's come into your community and town today - we've all been in tears. Not one dry eye.

"As we've come through, we've seen everybody on the over bridges, on the motorways, on the A590, it's just been unbelievable, so give yourself a massive round of applause, go on Barrow-in-Furness, come on!"

Lili added: ‘’I want to thank everyone who has made the effort to come today, some from Malaysia.

"Some of them really struggled in different ways to make their way here, but they did.

"Some of us relate to what has happened to Dave and that is why they are here tonight.''

"I've heard stories of people going through cancer and that kind of moves my heart because I know what that means because the past couple of years have been horrendous and we went through this together.

"I have so many amazing friends that have helped me go through what I've been through.

"(Dave) was always a Barrow lad and very proudly so. He wanted to put Barrow on the map and by god today he did that in a big way."

Superintendent Andy Wilkinson, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “There was a great turnout for the motorcycle procession both from motorcyclists making their way to Barrow and local people attending to support them.

“I am pleased to say there were no major incidents on the road network.

“A great deal of planning took place ahead of the event to ensure the safety of all involved. I would like to thank everyone for their safe manner of driving and working with ourselves and our partner agencies.’’

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