Motorcycling mourners join funeral cortege of Fenland man Russell Coombes as it travels from Marshland St James to King’s Lynn

Russell Coombes

Russell Coombes - Credit: Archant

More than 70 mourners riding motorcycles joined the funeral cortege of Fenland man Russell Coombes today (Friday) as he made his final journey to Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn.

The coffin of Russell, 21, who died in a motorbike accident at Spalding on December 28, was carried by a special funeral motorcycle and sidecar.

His motorcycling friends and family braved torrential rain to follow the cortege as it left Russell’s family home in Marshland St James for the funeral service.

His coffin was covered in pictures of Russell’s beloved cars and motorbike.

Russell, who worked as a technician at Scania Truckeast in King’s Lynn, had a real passion for both bikes and cars.


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His death not only prompted an outpouring of messages of condolence for his family on social media site Facebook, it led to friends organising a rally in his memory.

More than 400 young drivers turned up to celebrate Russell’s life on Saturday January 2 driving from Halfords car park in King’s Lynn to Hunstanton.

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The extraordinary convoy prompted Russell’s father Nigel to post on the Facebook tribute page: “Russ would have loved it so much he’d be buzzing for days.”

At today’s funeral the family asked for donations instead of flowers of the British Biker Relief Foundation, the charity which supports motorcyclists and their families across the UK after serious and life changing injuries sustained in a motorcycle road traffic accident.

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