Gallery: Scooter procession at Ipswich dad’s funeral

IPSWICH: A Nacton scooter enthusiast was honoured when more than 80 riders created a procession on their bikes to and from his funeral.

After battling cancer for a year, father-of-two Philip Driver died in St Elizabeth’s Hospice on May 21.

The 58-year-old was a lifelong member of local scooter club Coasters and hundreds of friends attended his funeral at Seven Hills Crematorium yesterday.

Dozens of riders in a range of bikes and brightly-coloured helmets rode in memory of Mr Driver, affectionately nicknamed “Dapper” for his sartorial prowess. And one of his closest friends said he would have been “delighted”.

Karen Hill said: “It was a celebration of his life.

“I don’t think I will ever meet a person as special as Phil and you could tell how much he meant to everyone.

“I would say about 200 people were there.”

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Following the service, a reception was held at the Gardener’s Arms pub which continued the celebratory atmosphere of the day.

Ms Hill said: “There were two DJs playing his favourite music and it was very difficult because we all loved him but I think everyone was just very happy that they had known a man as wonderful as Phil.”