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Colin's last ride

PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:40 03 March 2010

WHAT a way to go!

Bikers from all over the country took part in a 58-bike funeral cavalcade along the A14 with the vicar riding pillion to a coffin in a customised sidecar.

WHAT a way to go!

Bikers from all over the country took part in a 58-bike funeral cavalcade along the A14 with the vicar riding pillion to a coffin in a customised sidecar.

Leather-clad bikers, family and friends lined the final route of dedicated biker Colin Orris to Felixstowe accompanied by rock music.

Leicester-based Rev Paul Sinclair conducted the service for the 51-year-old plumber of Newbury Road, Ipswich, who died suddenly on September 13 from a brain tumour after collapsing three days earlier.

The reverend, dubbed the Faster Pastor, said: "All bike fans deserve a dignified way to go."

Friends, who even placed Mr Orris' leather boots on the top of the hearse, were determined to make it a day to remember.

A book of condolence was opened on the back of his beloved Enfield as it parked near Charlie Mannings Amusement Arcade on Felixstowe sea front.

His 41-year-old partner of six years Kay Berry said: "He was such an incredible man and motorbikes were his life.

"We saw the motorcycle funerals on television and he mentioned that would be how he'd like to go. He owned an Enfield and several others."

More than 300 flocked to the service of Mr Oris, the Black Shuck Motorcycle club member, at Ipswich Crematorium.

Mrs Berry continued: "All his friends and colleagues were there including all his plumbing mates. He was a really popular man. Put it this way, it was a bad day for anyone to have a leaking valve.

"The funeral was absolutely spot on. It sounds stupid but it was a really wonderful day. Had he been there he would have loved it, he would have been in stitches. It made a bad day good."

n In July Ipswich woman Doreen Godbold's funeral was a fitting end to the 76-year-old's love of the town and her regular flutters at the bookies.

The Australian-born great-grandmother was taken from her home in Clapgate Lane by carriage drawn by plumed horses to Ipswich Cemetery via Coral Bookmakers in Nacton Road where she placed her daily bets.

Mrs Godbold died after a year-long fight against cancer leaving eight children, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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