A popular Gainsborough man received a send-off with style as around 26 Harley Davidson motorcycle riders gathered for a special funeral.
Alan Rogers certainly made in impact last Wednesday on his final Journey from Gainsborough to Respect Woodland Green Burial Park at Laughton.
The town briefly came to a standstill as onlookers heard the roar of dozens of Harley Davidsons all organised within 36 hours who came to pay respect to a man they never knew but felt compelled to gather as per his grieving wife’s wish for just one Harley to lead his cortege with outrider holding the oncoming traffic back to let the 40 cars keep in line.
David Martin from the Lindum Colonia Chapter of riders described Alan as “a fellow biker and great Harley fan.”
He continued: “He died very recently, having been diagnosed with cancer only 21 days previously.”
“Owing to difficult financial circumstances, he never achieved his dream of Harley ownership. His wife, via a friend, had asked us to provide an escort for him on his final journey from his home in Gainsborough to Respect’s Natural Burial Park a few miles away.”
Four local Harley organisations provided the escort with 26 Harleys.
Alan’s sister Jackie Madjax Silcock said: “It was a wonderful and moving experience at Alan’s funeral yesterday.”
“At his wife Sheila’s request, 20 Harleys from Lindum Colonia, St Leger, The Clan Retford and HD Riders Club led the procession. We carried him to the graveside in a coffin decked in pictures of Harleys.”
She continued: “It was a simple ceremony in this wild and natural setting, and a memory of a wonderful, dignified widow sharing her man’s last journey with us.”
Jackie added: “I am glad to be alive, and grateful for the fellowship of the Harley community.”
A spokesman from Respect Green Burials said: “Sheila and Alan’s sons and daughter felt his day was very befitting for such a lovely man and would like to thank all the 100 or more mourners who attended Alan’s Day, including all the Harley Riders and to Respect Green Burial Park for organising such a wonderful service.”