Beloved husband, father and biker Keith Turner will get the funeral he deserves, thanks to an appeal by The Journal.
Keith’s family and friends were left devastated when he died from bone cancer on March 31, aged just 52, before they had even managed to give him a proper send off with the party they had planned.
And it looked as though his son David, 33, and friend Paul Green, 56, would not be able to lead the biker funeral procession alongside Keith’s widow Anne, 42, because they could not find a motorcycle.
Paul sold his bike years ago and David is not a biker, so they were desperate to find someone to lend them a suitable vehicle.
It means Keith’s loved ones are able to give him the funeral he and his wife Anne wanted - a source of much comfort to them all.
Paul will ride the Harley with David on the back, while Anne rides her own motorcycle in the procession.
“I’m tremendously happy that Newcastle Harley Davidson have been able to get a bike for us. It’s taken a whole load off Anne’s shoulders as she was really stressed about it,” said Paul.
“Now we have the ability to fulfil Keith’s wish and Anne’s wish and she and David can both lead the procession.”
Keith and Anne were both dedicated members of the Northumberland Bikers Club, and Keith used to join Paul on rallies all over the country.
The club, which is famous for its large Easter egg hunts, was what brought Keith and Anne together on Good Friday in 2007, and they married in October 2011.
“Everyone called him a gentleman – he was one of the nice guys,” Paul said.
“Keith and his wife were dedicated members of the club, nice people and were devoted to each other – I know that’s a cliché these days but they really were.”
The funeral will take place on Saturday at Moutsett Crematorium in Stanley, and members of H.O.G. Geordie Chapter, who are linked to Newcastle Harley Davidson, are planning to show up on two wheels in support of Keith’s family.
David Kennedy, of Newcastle Harley Davidson, said: “It’s no trouble, we’ve done this sort of thing before and it’s nice to help out.
“A lot of bikers have these big funerals with motorcycles involved so I’m glad we can help out Paul and Keith’s family on this day.”