Fitting send-off for motorbike fan

IT brought a lump to the throat of hundreds of people as a Spitfire soared and rolled over Felixstowe seafront as a mark of respect to crash victim David Berry.

IT brought a lump to the throat of hundreds of people as a Spitfire soared and rolled over Felixstowe seafront as a mark of respect to crash victim David Berry.

Hundreds stood in silence watching the World War Two battle plane as it carried out its poignant flypast as a memorial to Mr Berry, a passionate motorcycle enthusiast who died after his bike was in collision with a car at Trimley St Martin.

Many tributes have been paid to a man who was a well-respected and acknowledged expert in the motorcycle field and over the years restored and rode numerous classic and rare machines, winning many awards.

The hearse carrying his coffin left the seafront to make its way to the crematorium at Ipswich, followed by a cortege of more than 130 bikers riding machines ranging from vintage and classic bikes, to the most modern on the roads.


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It was a spectacular sight as the long string of riders made its way along Undercliff Road West, up Garrison Lane and onto the A14.

Mr Berry's partner Ursula and his brothers Ying, Keith, Tony and John, had requested people did not wear black, unless leathers. Oily overalls and jeans were welcome.

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Friends described Mr Berry, 48, as a man whose life was centred around his passion for motorcycles, was always willing to give advice and help to other enthusiasts, and was great fun to be with.

Michael Rogers, of Melford Way, Felixstowe , said: “Everybody loved him, he was so likeable.

“I can recall when Felixstowe Bike Club was set up in a manky garage along the side of the Grosvenor pub in Felixstowe, 'Beret' was always there in the thick of it having a good laugh.

“Felixstowe has lost a real character and a friend to us all.”

Tim, Karen, Rebecca and Christina Cope said life was never dull with Mr Berry around - there was “always a funny story and a joke and bucket loads of friendly banter” and they recalled his unique sense of humour and contagious laughter.

Mr Berry died after his motorcycle was in a head-on collision with a Ford Fiesta at Kirton Road, about 400 metres from the A14 Trimley interchange, on November 21.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the collision.

He has been bailed to return to Felixstowe police station on December 13.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the accident. They should call Pc Jeremy Abigail at headquarters roads policing unit on 01473 613500.

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