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RIDE OF PRIDE FOR BIKER

PUBLISHED: 18:39 10 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

A CAVALCADE of motorcycles gathered for a tribute ride through Suffolk in memory of a biker who died a year ago from cancer.

Motorcyclists from far and wide met at the Pickerel pub in Stowmarket for a charity memorial run to Badingham in honour of Phillip Squirrell, known as "Squidge" to his many friends.

A CAVALCADE of motorcycles gathered for a tribute ride through Suffolk in memory of a biker who died a year ago from cancer.

Motorcyclists from far and wide met at the Pickerel pub in Stowmarket for a charity memorial run to Badingham in honour of Phillip Squirrell, known as "Squidge" to his many friends.

"The main thing is to remember Squidge," said the Neil Boast, his brother-in-law and organiser of yesterday's event.

"We're going to sit down and decide which children's cancer charity the money will go to after the run," he said, adding that motorcycle shops in Ipswich had donated prizes for a fund-raising raffle in memory of the mechanic.

Mr Squirrell lost his fight against T-cell lymphoma at the age of 35. Mr Boast said that, had he survived, he would have wanted to work with children with cancer.

"The main thing is to remember him and for all his friends to turn up and show how much he was respected and loved. We hope to make this an annual event," Mr Boast said of "Squidge's Bike Run 2001".

The run went from Stowmarket along the A1120, through Mr Squirrell's home town of Creeting St Mary where his parents Jean and Paul still live and where he is buried. It ended at the White Horse pub in Badingham where bikers had arranged to finish the ride with a drink and be collected by friends.

The route had been a favourite of Mr Squirrell's, Mr Boast said.

"He went all over the world on bikes, he went to America and was known by bikers all over."

Mr Squirrell's parents and sister Jenny met his friends and girlfriend Melissa Clarke in Stowmarket to see the bikers off before heading back to Creeting St Mary to watch the run drive through on route to Badingham.

"He's got so many friends and they've travelled from long distances to be here," said his mum Jean. "They are terrific friends and a great support to us."

Mrs Squirrell said her late son had been a happy man who was "smiling and helpful to everyone".

"He was always very positive throughout his illness and saw goodness in everybody. He was a very capable person."

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